Locally sourced artisanal jams lovingly made by hand in small batches in the Garden State
Kim made her first jam at the age of 12. Her grandfather had a grape arbor and he gave her grapes to make her first jam. Making jams became her favorite hobby. She enjoyed sharing her jams and jellies with family and friends, often using them as holiday gifts. Growing up in the Garden State, she loved visiting local farms when possible and picking the produce she used in her jams.
In 2009, Kim was laid off from her executive role in the corporate financial services where she assumed she would explore other corporate opportunities. As she thought about next steps she returned to jam making to relax and release some of the stress associated with finding herself in the job market again, as a single parent with a daughter in college.
As she spent time at the farmer’s markets and in the kitchen she realized how happy she was and how much joy she felt making jams. She found herself energized and excited about the possibilities of creating different types of jams, flavors she had not seen previously. So, she rented a commercial kitchen and Jams by Kim was born. She was encouraged by sales at holiday boutiques and quickly found her niche at local farmers markets.
Twelve years later she still has her passion for jam making. Every jar of Jams by Kim is a testament to her passion for making fruity, savory and spicy varieties of jams with creativity, locally sourced ingredients and lots of love.
"Osterhoudt earned the title of “Local Food Hero” from Edible Jersey magazine in 2016 and “American Small Business Champion” in 2015. In 2010, she won the Emerging Entrepreneur Award from the Central Jersey Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners. She creates fruity, spicy and savory jams by hand in small batches, the traditional way. In addition, Osterhoudt offers Jam Session experiences for adults or children to learn to make their own jam." Jam's By Kim Celebrates 10 Years in Business - National Association of Women Business Owners - August 2019