My name is Misty Warden. I am from Guernsey County, having grown up on a dairy farm with lots of Holsteins and aunts and one uncle. I work part time at an elementary school as an Educational Aide with a boy with Autism. I have a beautiful daughter, Amanda, who has just entered college. My husband, Steve and I have been married six years this October. He has a son in the Air Force, a son just entered college also and a daughter in eighth grade.
Through my life I have been taught the love of cooking, canning, family and making people smile. My business began purely by accident. Last June, I was to go to a farmers market with a friend and she told me to ‘bring along some of your jars’! Well, that conversation brought forth my business one week later, Joyful Jars! And here I am.
I knew from the very beginning I didn’t want to make the same jam as many others do, I wanted to have my own niche. I have as fun as possible with all of this. As I am cooking the recipe, I try to find the name for it. I admit some are pretty tame, Red Raspberry with Vanilla but others are wackier such as Friki Tiki Colada! I create different flavors (Bloody Mary Jelly for example) that are unique and can be used in so many more ways than spreading on a piece of toast. I have produced over 70 flavors since last year. Some I still make and some were a one-time batch. Several are my very own recipes and if I do find one in a cookbook or online, I tweak it a bit to make it my own. I pride myself in providing quality products that are labeled reduced or low
sugar. I am a one woman business. I am creator of jams, labels; delivery
person; bookkeeper; prep cook; dishwasher…what have I left out!? LOL in another words, I am not good at delegating and don’t have the time
or budget to find outside help. I am in ten different shops now and I do farmers markets, custom orders and soon the craft shows and bazaars
will begin. It is amazing to me how this has grown. God brought this to me for a reason and I will follow his path until He tells me not to. It has been extremely stressful, extremely rewarding and exciting. It has introduced me to many new people, places and I am soaking in as much knowledge from everyone as I can.
Sometimes I wonder why I can’t be a baker where I might be able
to produce 40 cookies or brownies from one batch, instead of five to seven 8
ounce jars that can take close to two hours to produce and that doesn’t include the prep time! But I am glad to have been given this talent
because it has brought me to all of you. I love meeting new people and hearing their stories.