ELDERBERRY JELLY: Our Elderberry jelly is from local wild harvest elderberries. It is a beautiful Rich purple jelly that is delicious on toast to a delightful addition to hot tea. This jelly was the one that began everything... the very first jelly from Fairywood Thicket Farms.
In 2004, Kimberly and John Connor of Fairywood Thicket Farm in Fairburn made their first batch of elderberry jelly from fruit growing on bushes they thought were weeds until persuaded otherwise by friends. The elderberries made wonderful jelly, but they provided even more. They gave their name to the farm in keeping with an old English tale that says when fairies come through on Midsummer night, they ride the branches of elderberries like horses. Fairies plus elder branches = fairywoods and the thicket of elderberries on the farm gave the finishing touch to the name. Now over a dozen years later, the Connors are making more than 72 flavors of preserves including Peach Pecan with Jack Daniels, Raspberry Pepper Jelly and Strawberry Lavender, many of which have won awards. But the elderberry is still our favorite. Using a restored Vulcan gas oven and traditional copper jam pots, Fairywood Thicket Farm, located in Fairburn, GA, uses the fruits, herbs and flowers harvested from their land, from their neighbors, and from local farmers to create a charming line homemade jams, jellies, and chutneys.
"This whole adventure was an accident. An unintentional blessing. We set out to clear out horse pasture, and discovered what we were trying to cut down was Elderberry. The folks explain what it was and said they would clear our pasture for free if we waited for the elderberry to ripen. Our kids needed to do a sustainable science project. So... we made Elderberry jelly. The kids won their science fair. We gave some away, and it got to a small local farmers market, then we got invited and people loved it. So we kept making it and then we made pear jam from our family trees, and then pepper jelly, and one thing led to another and it more fed into the 72 plus flavors and far reaching business we are today. We have and will always be a family adventure, steering clear of co-packers, artificial ingredients and food coloring. Our goal is to support local, grow and source local as much as possible. The coolest thing is that each time we out grow our shell so to speak, whatever is needed is always waiting for us from space, new ideas equipment or an incredible opportunity, says Kim Conner, co-founder of Fairywood Thicket Farms.
A portion of all our jam sales directly benefit our Therapeutic Horsemanship program. Our program is designed to assist veterans with TBI, PTS, and reconnecting families. Our program is supported thru the use of our personal horses and is always free to our veterans! There’s something about winter and its (occasional) cold days that us craving all things fruit. We’ve gathered three things fruity – one to satisfy your sweet tooth, one to add a little spice to your cooking and one to add a fruity tartness a salad or winter stew. Elderberry,the Jelly that Launched an Empire
Fairy-wood Thicket Farms specialties have grown from one spectacular Jelly, Elderberry (Mother Elder), to a unique group of hand-made Jams, Jellies and Chutneys, using an ever expanding selection of special fruits, hot peppers, and flowers. Our fruits come from a variety of sources, including our farm, other local farmers that we barter with, local folks that have fruit trees growing on their land, and wild harvest.