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SEPTEMBER 3, 2018

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Clay grad finds her “jam” in her own business By Melissa Burden Press Contributing Writer news@presspublications.com Entrepreneur. When you hear the word, what do you think? Do you think of a young mom wishing to have more time with her children so she starts her own business? No? Maybe you should. For Jessica (Kott) Hopkins, a 2006 Clay High School graduate, the road to entrepreneurship had a circuitous route. After high school, she went to Owens Community College and then to the University of Toledo, graduating with a degree in accounting. Jessica met and married Tim Hopkins, a 2003 Bedford High School graduate. While making her home in Temperance, her father Greg Kott, of Toledo, presented her with a challenge. “My dad brought me peaches and said, ‘Make jam,’” Jessica said. “I had never made jam in my life. We are very health-conscious and I like all-natural foods. Every recipe I found had six cups of sugar. I looked up low-sugar recipes and many had ingredients I did not want to use.” Jessica took two months to hone her recipe using six cups of fruit, one-and-ahalf cups of sugar and lemon juice. That’s it. No unnatural ingredients, nothing artificial, and no added pectin. “I really loved how it turned out,” she said. “I had my daughter Makaylah already, and I was pregnant with my son Levi and I really wanted to be with them, full time. Essentially, Levi is the reason my business, Pantless Jams, was born.” Pantless Jams was created in August 2017. Why “Pantless?” “Other than the obvious reason, that the jam is stripped of all unnatural ingredients, it actually came from my daughter,” she explained. “Last summer, she set up a lemonade stand in front of our house. She had the display set up beautifully, but didn’t have pants on. She said it didn’t matter because people couldn’t see her behind the table anyway!” Jessica has been using the commercial

A sample of her Pantless Jam.

Jessica (Kott) Hopkins, pictured with her husband, Tim. (Submitted photo) kitchen at Crossroads Community Church in Ottawa Lake. She currently has six different flavors to choose from. A seasonal offering, Strawberry Rhubarb Jam, is only available in the early summer, due to the availability of rhubarb. “It has been a slow, steady growth right now,” Jessica said. “Jam is a niche market. I wanted to make sure the jam was received well. Depending on the flavor, it can take two-and-a-half hours to make seven to 10, eight-ounce jars.” Flavors include Peach Strawberry Vanilla and Triple Berry. More exotic flavors include Peach Orange Ginger, Black & Blue Jalapeño, Peach Mango Habanero and Cran-Strawberry. “We have blends, not jams made from a singular fruit,” she said. “Everything has a twist. I want people to think of jam other than just for their toast or biscuits.” Jessica said she has used the Black and Blue Jalapeno and Peach Mango Habanero as glazes on chicken and salmon. She has had customers also use it on cream cheese

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as a spread for crackers, she said. The Peach Orange Ginger is great for pork and the Cran-Strawberry is a great addition to a white chocolate cheesecake. Currently, Pantless Jams is available at the Bedford Farmers Market, located at 8165 Douglas Rd., in Lambertville, MI. The market is held every Saturday through the end of October. Pantless Jams will also be at the Lucas County Recreation Center, 2901 Key St, in Maumee, for the Holiday Craft and Gift Marketplace, Nov. 3 and 4. Jessica said she is hoping to begin selling in Oregon and Northwest Ohio soon. Her family is still in the area. Her mother and stepfather, Tammi and Dwight Neate, live in Oregon. Her brother, Cameron Neate, is a senior at Clay. Up until Wednesday, she was operating the company as a cottage business and was prohibited from selling outside of Michigan. Jessica has received her commercial kitchen license. “It is just me making the jam right now,” she said. “My daughter is at the market with me and she preps the fruit for me too. She is learning the process from start to finish. I am looking forward to coming into Oregon and the community and hopefully making new flavors of jam in the future.”

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