It is with great sadness that I announce that Red Hen Cannery will be taking a production pause indefinitely, starting today. What does this mean for you jam and marmalade lovers? I have a limited supply of some of my most popular flavors and will sell them until they run out. For jam, I have: Heirloom Tomato, Roast Peach and Brown Sugar and Strawberry Vanilla. For marmalade, I'm limited to: Irish Whiskey and Orange and Valencia Orange. When these run out, I'm not sure when I'll make more. I'll go to one last Santa Barbara Farmers Market, this Saturday, and have some jars available online. And when it's gone, that's it for now.
As many of you know, the Thomas Fire and 1/9 Debris Flow had a massive impact on my business. At the same time, these two events have forced me to re-evaluate what is important. I've decided to focus my time and energy on my art and writing. (For more, visit maureenfoley.com).
As well, my 96 year-old grandfather, who is our family's ranching patriarch, died last month. I'm processing his death and figuring out how to best preserve and continue his farming legacy. For now, take a moment to remember and appreciate Lawrence Bailard, farmer all his life who was able to continue our family's agricultural life through the 20th Century and into the 21st. In case you're worried about the farm itself, the land is safe and sound and the prolific fruit trees that provided the produce for this venture are fine, for now. We hope Foley Farms will return to the farmers markets locally, but with a new focus in the future.
So we all begin anew. This winter, I may re-open Red Hen in some holiday capacity. But I need some time now to regroup. I am and always will be obsessed with jam and marmalade, so please contact me if you need a jam consultant, private jamming lessons, or are interested in the business in some other way: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Last, I want to thank you all for your business these last five years. What a culinary journey this has been. I am deeply indebted to all of you for this extraordinary opportunity to learn, make, taste, sell and, best of all, eat delicious jam made from the best fruit Santa Barbara County has to offer. Please keep in touch and let me know if I can help you keep your jam dreams alive.
Jam on it,