The quaint and homey kitchen pictured here is the actual source of Jack’s Gourmet Jams and Jellies, sold weekly in the back corner of the Kennett Farmer’s Market.  In fact, many of the fruits used in the 30 all-natural varieties are grown on Jack and Lois Hill’s property in Landenberg.  He maintains a diverse orchard of apple, pear, peach, and cherry trees plus blueberries, grapes, gooseberry, currants, and some hardy kiwis.  Oh, and also some pecan, filbert, and walnut trees!
Jack might be considered as another corporate retiree who has discovered a new career.  However, his philosophy is that “First you retire, and then you die!”, so he’s never planning to stop working.  Instead he has found a happy life doing something he loves and that others love, as well.  His wife Lois helps out on the production end of things and even their granddaughter has been called into action at times.  She hopes to learn how to make pickles next.
       One of Jack’s current favorites is the apricot and habanera- based jam, “Fire In The Hole”.  But you had better be brave to try this spicy combo!  Bread & Butter  and dill pickles, pear, pumpkin, and apple butters, and several no sugar jams are available in addition to many classic and unique combination sweet jams. This next market Jack will bring fresh blueberries from his garden.  And make sure you drop by this week, as he won’t be there on July 1st because he will be going back to his hometown for a book signing tour.  Yes, Jack is also an author and has written several books, including one about the Cambria and Indiana Railroad.