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The Story of Jane Costello's Pickles

Westport Mom shares the backstory to her business, "Jane's Good Food"

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Westport, CT | Added on November 08, 2014 At 05:31 PM

The'yre recipes that shaped her up-bringing, but it wasn’t until five years that they would shape her career.  It all began when she would give her jarred goodies as gifts.

"People would give the empty jar back and say I want more," she said.

Jane began selling her products at church fairs and later at some local markets, like the Westport Farmers Market.

"When you get those people and they roll their eyes back and say that’s like my grandmothers – then you know you’re on to something," she continued.

It’s that kind of crowd approval that gave Jane the confidence to test out her products against some local competition. This year, she decided to enter her homemade blends into the Durham State Fair, the largest agricultural fair in Connecticut

"So, I filled out an application and I entered my peaches and my dill pickle," she said. 

Well, Jane walked away with second place.

"I have pictures of me standing next to the canning bar and I'm holding my ribbon and it was really fun.  I didn't even think I would place.  You know how much I  made - two dollars," she said.

Jane’s recipes are around hundred years old, passed from her grandmother – to her mother, begging the question: What would her family have to say on her success?

"They'd be so proud - I could cry.  It's so funny becasue my mother was a maverick, she was very spoke her mind but when she said something it hung on to me and she would say these are recipes you don't share with everyone - this is something you keep with the family," she said.

You can learn more about where to buy or try Jane’s products by going to Janes good food dot com. 


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