In our own little orchard in upstate New York we grow apricots, apples, blueberries, blackberries, cherries, cranberries, red and black currants, gooseberries, mirabelles, mulberries, peaches, pears, plums, quinces, red and black raspberries, and strawberries.
Maya picking Black Currants
This year is our first harvest of organically grown black currants! After a long day out in the field picking these little beauties, Maya holds up her full bucket.
Maya was born and raised in Germany and emigrated to the United States with her family when she was 17 years old. As a graduate from Bard College with an Asian Studies degree she has a background in Buddhist Studies and foreign languages. In college Maya decided that no matter how interesting the academic life is, she wanted to pursue her love of cooking healthy food and sustainable farming in the future. That's how Maya's Jams got started! So after graduation, she began cooking jams with her mother and grandmother according to old family recipes. And a short time later, here we are!
Dr. Beatrice choosing the best cherries.
Our Black Cherry jam is made of these delicious beauties!
Beatrice was born and raised in Romania and emigrated to Germany in 1968 with 2 year old Irinel. Fleeing communism in Romania, she spent time in Italy and Israel before settling in Germany. Becoming established in Germany, Beatrice completed her medical degree and accomplished something amazing...she became the very first female Cardiologist in Germany! Emigrating again with the rest of the family to the United States, Beatrice is now retired and works full time as the Head Recipe Keeper for Maya's Jams. Without her, there are no recipes!
Geoff with a basket full of garlic scapes.
The orchard is Geoff's domaine ensuring our fruit grows nice and healthy.
Geoff was born and raised in Philadelphia and emigrated to Germany with Irinel after they got married in college. As an English major in college he's always dreamt of writing a children's book...there's still time for that! Ending his NFL football career early due to an injury, Geoff started working as a cameraman for TV and movies in Germany. After returning to the United States, he is continuing to work filming for TV, music concerts and the news. Whenever he's not on-stage with the Rolling Stones or Coldplay, Geoff spends his time tending to the family's orchard taking care of all the fruit!
Irinel feeding a baby Gimmly.
This little guy is Gimmly and he was just four weeks old here!
Irinel was Born in Romania and emigrated with her mother, Beatrice, when she was just two years old. After this, she grew up in Germany. She went to college internationally! Mainly Mannheim, Paris, and Venice. She then received a Full-bright Scholarship to study in the United States, where she met Geoff in the first week of classes. She went on to become a professional photographer with over 100 exhibitions worldwide. Later on she starting teaching college photography classes. When the family emigrated to the United States she started teaching AP Art in Westchester, New York. But when Maya started the idea of starting a family business, she was all-in! So now, Irinel is in charge of all design for Maya's Jams. Irinel and Geoff are the main farmers for Maya's Jams; they take care of the whole orchard!