We are Terri & Vi, the owners of Gatherings Ashtabula County but better known to our family and friends as the "Jelly Ladies". Thank you for visiting our site! Many people ask us how we got started...here is our story:
One summer we decided to use the berries that grew on our properties to make some jam as gifts for friends and family. We picked berries, cleaned berries, squeezed berries, squeezed lemons, and processed the jams all summer long. After all was said and done, we had produced over 200 jars of jellies & jams... far too much to pawn off on our relatives! At that point we made the
quick decision to take our product to the Geneva Grape Jamboree, hoping
we could sell some. We had strawberry, black raspberry, blackberry,
blueberry, triple berry, and currant; everything except what everyone at
the Grape Jamboree was looking for, grape! We had such great success,
even without the grape jelly that we were already talking about what we could do next year.
How did we come up with the name "Gatherings"? Well, while we were out getting poked and scraped up picking blackberries we were thanking God for His abundance and wondered if we could ever have own a business. Tossing out different names we might use, Vi suggested "Gatherings" since we were gathering for our families. Since we are praying women, we asked the Lord to give us a name, and He confirmed to Terri that "Gatherings" was the right choice.
That following winter, we had some wine hanging around and decided to try making it into wine jelly. It was a hit with everyone we knew! So, the following spring, we took the plunge and "Gatherings" became a bonified business! Today we still make all of our jellies and jams the same way we did when we first started! We use as much local produce as possible, picking much of it ourselves, hand squeeze lemon, and all of our product is still made in small batches to give you superb quality and excellent taste!
The majority of our wine jelly is made from local wines from the Lake Erie Vines & Wines Trail of North East Ohio and we are now expanding to include other Ohio wines! We love being able to support our local community in using the local wines from our region. So whether you are looking for fantastic fruit jelly to spread on your morning toast, or luxurious wine jelly to put with cheese and crackers at an evening event, you will find it here! Can't find what you're looking for? Just drop us a line! We do all sorts of custom orders including wedding favors!
Thank you again for visiting our site. We love our products for their outstanding flavor and once you try it, we know you will too!