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Where My Passion Began

Updated: Jan 30

My love for making gourmet jams and

jelly came from the pleasure of growing up on a farm in Niagara on the lake. Back then it was a lot different. We only had a few wineries Andrés and Bright’s that I can remember and there wasn’t as many sub divisions. Everyone knew everyone else’s family. Harvest time was always my favorite time of the year. My cousins would come over and we would make forts out of the grape crates until they were needed in the fields. The aromas in the house at that time of year from my mom and grandmother canning is where my passion for Exotic Jelly started. I grow as many of the ingredients as possible as well as buying from neighbouring farms to ensure freshness. All of the jellies are made in small batches to lock in the unique flavour combinations. The beauty of my job is that if I get bored, I can just create a new jelly. Starting up my business has been a crazy struggle. There have been a lot of setbacks. When I first started Exotic Jelly, I owned another business as well called What’s In My Closet. It was a high end consignment shop and trying to run two businesses was difficult. So I followed my passion and closed What’s In My Closet at the end of 2015. Then because of family issues taking up most of my time, we can say that 2017 will be my first year putting my entire focus on the jellies. To run a business, you need to be a Jill of all trades. From growing crops, creating flavour combinations, ordering supplies, meeting all health department regulations, designing labels, packaging, promoting my business, accounting, and dealing with the crazies. But I would not trade it for anything. So I guess that is true passion. Have a jelly good day! Niagara Farm Girl.


Join the Jelly Club

Launching a jelly club is the perfect way to receive jam or jelly each month. It makes the perfect gift for someone you love, even yourself.


Each month: I will select mouthwatering gourmet jams or jellies, one sweet and one savoury that are produced in small batches by Exotic Jelly. Each shipment includes two varieties (190ml jars) made with only the finest, all-natural ingredients, also two recipe cards on how to be creative with your preserves. Delivery is included for 24.99 a month.

I haven’t forgotten those of you that need sugar free THAT WILL BE COMING SOON!!!!

Exotic Jelly made in
Niagara on the Lake
Contact Karen


exoticjelly @ cogeco .ca


905 328-6976

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