When Kim and Mitch Cortez’s son Jake was diagnosed with leukemia at age 2, the family started selling homemade jams at local fundraisers for medical bills and cancer research. After the success of their fundraisers and growing demand for their products, they turned their small startup into a thriving full-time business.
The small family business continues to grow since their humble beginning back in 2007. In May 2015, the family opened a storefront located in Chesapeake, Va. and many retail outlets carrying our homemade jams (find listing on where to find us tab).
Kim originally learned to make jams from her grandmother when she was young, starting with the more traditional fruit flavors of blackberry and strawberry before developing her bestsellers such as the Aloha Jam, a basic pineapple recipe enhanced with coconut to taste like a piña colada. Many of the recipe ideas are inspired by drinks, from spirits to wine. Their Blackberry Bourbon Jam mixes basic blackberry jam with Kentucky Bourbon.
Made with with the same love and care you would put into your homemade jams. Fresh Batch Jams just does all the work for you. They support local farms and businesses by using locally, small family farms when possible. Members of our local Buy Fresh Buy Local and the Virginia Finest organizations since the beginning.
Kim and Mitch’s son is now cancer-free, and the family is enjoying the fruits of their labor.
Sometimes when life hands you lemons....you make JAM!