Grow Food. Be Outside. Create Recipes. Feed Friends.
Jams and jellies and all sorts of preserving have been part of Cord’s life since he was a small boy. When you grow up on a farm in a family of 10 people, you learn to make food last. And you also learn that feeding your family and sharing a meal with the people you love is the best way to connect with them. Add in his Eagle Scout training that fed his need to connect with nature - whether in a garden or out in the woods - and you arrive at the philosophies that gave birth to Stow Away Preserves.
Cord moved from the farm to college and somehow wound up in high tech start-ups and traveling all over the world. After 10 years of barely seeing his own apartment, let alone a garden plot, he and Heather met and connected over a love of caring for others by bringing them together over food. A few trips to France and a couple of years later, and they finally had a garden to call their own - and Heather talked Cord into his lifelong dream to train as a professional Chef. A couple years after that, they moved their new family ‘to the country’ and have been working ever since to expand what they grow, to resurrect the orchard that originally stood on their current property, and to become actively engaged in the community they’ve chosen to be their home.
Since arriving in Boxborough, Cord has been ‘jamming’ - family and friends rarely leave the house without a jar of something to take home. He’s won blue ribbons at our local Harvest Fair. Dinner parties (and brunches!) usually involve a ‘jelly buffet’ - often with his own ‘better than Southern’ cheddar buttermilk biscuits. It is just a part of who we are, and what we do.
This year - we went... well, a little overboard. We grew a lot. We picked a lot more. And we realized that we needed an excuse to make jam all year round. To be totally truthful, Cord is much more friendly in the winter when he is cooking. And now we have 12 flavors - and counting! - that we are ready to share with all of you. We passed all the tests, and we are excited to embark on this next phase of our passion to connect people via a shared love of food.
We can only sell to end-users, and only in-state. But since this project is really about the people, we kinda like it this way. Come visit us - and then bring your jars back when you are ready for more. We can’t wait to hear what you think, and for you to try everything that Cord comes up with. We’ll keep ‘Stowing it Away’ for when you are ready!