Gus & Grey “It’s Jam not Jelly!” | Mitten Crate

Eat jam. Enjoy. Repeat.  That’s the mantra of Gus & Grey, a Ferndale Michigan cottage food producer.  Tara is the captain of this delicious ship of fruity concoctions.  Funky flavors and memorable names make for great conversation at your next gathering, or just a better tasting sandwich…. we mean “jamwich”.

We got together with the jam genie to see just how she puts the magic in that glass jar.

Tell us a little about yourself and the company you own/run

As of right now, I am a single person operation – I do have people that help me when I am in a pinch!  I really enjoy making unusual flavor combinations – savory jams that you can cook with.  There is a lot of creativity there – and it is a lot of fun to suggest ideas to people, and then get their feedback!  I had to be coerced by my husband to make “normal” jams – I hesitated at first…but he was right!

What is your location and when did you start/how long has the company been in business

I make my jam at Traffic Jam and Snug in Midtown Detroit – Carolyn Howard and Scott Lowell (the owners have been really amazing to a few of us that are starting out).  I got licensed through that kitchen…and the only rule that I need to follow is to make sure that I clean up after myself!

“I started making jam for fun in Brooklyn – it actually started with my grandmothers bread and butter pickles…then the first jam that I made was apricot.  I gave it all away, and my friends kept coming back for more – I was starting to go broke.”

What makes your products special/unique

I use Michigan sugar, and Michigan products when available (mostly – but not exclusive).  I want to have fun with jam, and my job, and although I do take it seriously – I still like to be a little goofy.  Unusual flavor combinations are my favorite.  I have had  couple of “stinkers” – but those are no longer being made. It’s interesting to see what ends up working, and what doesn’t.

What’s the favorite part about your job

People – the farmers market has truly been a major highlight…and The Mitten Crate, of course!

Where can we buy more of your products

I am at the Birmingham Farmers Market (most Sunday’s.)  I am also available at DeVries & Co in Eastern Market, the Grand Traverse Pie Company in Plymouth and am on the verge of being in several more stores.  I am also in a few area restaurants – which has been great (MEX in Bloomfield, and Local Kitchen and Bar in Ferndale)

Oh and my website!! Gus and Grey

Whats the best way to enjoy/eat/prepare/utilize your product

Eat. Enjoy. Repeat. (we sense a recurring theme)


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