Copper Pot named by Food & Wine
Food & Wine magazine and its editors honored Waynesville’s Copper Pot & Wooden Spoon in the September issue. The artisan food company received an Editors’ Top Ten list nod for its Roasted Red Pepper & Peach Jam.
The company, owned by Jessica DeMarco, specializes in small batch preserves and pickles, handcrafted from locally grown seasonal produce. The business, which began in 2011, was named a co-winner of the 2012 Haywood County Chamber of Commerce Startup Business Competition.
In the summer of 2012, it was selected as one of 100 “American Made” finalists on a nationwide competition on MarthaStewart.com, and in November it was featured in Garden & Gun Magazine’s 2012 Made in the South Awards, growing demand for items such as its Oven Roasted Tomato Jam with Garlic & Herbs and Onion & Peppercorn Dill Pickles.
Owner DeMarco thinks the Garden & Gun Magazine feature spurred the Food & Wine editors to ask for some product to try late last year.
“We hadn’t heard anything definite on the tasting, but opened up the September issue of Food & Wine and were excited to see the editors’ top 10 listing for one of our jams,” DeMarco said. “We feel incredibly honored to be featured in such a recognized national magazine.”
The full line of products includes both sweet and savory jams and an assortment of pickled fare. In keeping with the company’s vision of “Preserving Tradition,” the business supports small family farms and other independently owned small businesses in Western Carolina. Some of the products with a WNC flair include Peach ‘Shine Jam – made with Troy & Sons Moonshine, and Spiced Apple & Beer Jam which features Frog Level Brewing Company’s ‘Tadpole Porter.’
The company has a commercial kitchen and warehouse in Waynesville and sells at the local Historic Haywood Farmers Market and wholesales through 30 stores, from Knoxville to Raleigh and Atlanta. Locally the products can be found in Waynesville at Turnabouts-Burr Studio and Mountain Favors on Main Street and Sunburst Market on Montgomery. In addition, Copper Pot & Wooden Spoon is open for retail sales and gift boxes from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. most Tuesdays through Fridays at 449 A Pigeon St., in Waynesville.
Last spring, the business launched a successful crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter.com to raise funds to grow production this season. Visit Copper Pot & Wooden Spoon at www.copperpottraditions.com, follow it on Facebook or call 593-0501.