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Hi. My name is Crystal, and my partner Mark and I are the owners.
I am an Arizona native, my family actually came over here in covered wagons via the Oregon trail and settled in the verde valley area in the 1800's, in the true Az Wild West . My roots run deep here in our great state of Arizona. My beautiful Momma and my sister with her family all moved to Texas, but I am planted deeply here.
My partner is Mark, he has been in Az since 1968, 3 years before I was born, but shhhh, lol. His dad was always in the kitchen cooking for their family and their church. He loves being in the kitchen almost as much as me. The company he worked for terminated his position, so he is currently living the retired life. (but he's working his butt off for our business!)
We live in Litchfield Park with our fur boys, Liam and Titan. When we aren't working our focus goes to them.
My career is in the jewelry industry, and I love what I do, but I also love to cook and bake. I am a mom of 3 amazing kids, well, they're all adults now, but they will always be my kids! My oldest is who I attribute to most of my gray hairs. He served in the USMC and is now a veteran. Semper Fi. Enough said about why I have all these gray hairs! He has a special young lady in his life now, Emily and two of my grand pups, Eevee and Vader. He is now working with me in the jewelry industry. My daughter is my over achiever for sure, killing it at whatever she puts her mind to, from modeling, to working in fitness to now, being able to work remotely, and make her house a home with her fiancé, Carter, and their dog (my third grand pup) Mango. My youngest is a hard worker and takes on whatever challenges life throws at him and his truck obsessed self! From working at Harkins, to laying water pipes in the roads, garage doors to pools, he is truly a jack of all trades! He is who all his friends and family call whenever there is anything mechanical that needs fixed. He has my fourth grand pup, Brody. I am so proud of all of them!
Why preserves, jams, jellies and fruit butters?
Well, long story short, I started canning, like both my grandmas used to do when I was a young girl, and I love it. I love that I know what's in every jar. Ican choose the contents carefully, that there isn't some random ingredient I can't even pronounce. We use old fashioned recipes with unique spices, just like our grandma's used to make, albeit the spicy ones I have used their base jams, with a little extra kick from this AZ spicy girl. I started sharing my jams, jellies and preserves, and everyone wanted more. That is how Az Wild West Preserves was born. We wanted more though, we decided that we are also going to support Arizona local farmers and purchase as much fruit from them as we can to utilize in our products. We love that we are a small business supporting other small businesses in our process, especially local ones. When you purchase from us know you are truly supporting local!
What is the brand symbol?
Well, it's YOUR jam brand symbol! Lol. Seriously though, it's a quarter circle v bar 77. I have searched and searched in my family history for why my daddy used the quarter circle v bar as his brand on his ranches. (He's gone now) and I can't find the connection to it, other than it was also born in the 1800s in Arizona. I wish I had a cool story to go with it, but if there is one, I don't know what it is, and I never thought to ask. Anyway, it was my Daddy's brand that he used, but it is still in use by another ranch, and I didn't want to step on anyone's toes. We added my Daddy's favorite number to the bottom. He was a cutting horse rider. 77 was an exceptional score in a 80 total possible score. His thoughts, always leave room for improvement. His last ranch was the 77 Ranch. So I pulled the two together, and we have our unique brand, but with history. The brand symbol is in memory of my Daddy. We will always have room for improvement too!
Now you know our story. I hope you will take the time to order from our website(azwildwestpreserves.com) and if you're more of a in person type of buyer, we try very hard to keep our calendar on this page updated with our current events. We are also available at Retail Therapy AZ in Glendale, Scottsdale Fashion Square and their Westgate locations, Off the Hook Meat Shop in Goodyear and Dale's Town and Country in Surprise. We hope to see you soon at one of our locations!