Old Barn Hollow

American Made Since 2008

Karen Allen

Binghamton, New York
Old Barn Hollow Market is a "Locavore" store. We create our own handmade jams and pickled items and sell only local farm and artisan goods.

Tell us about your business.

My name is Karen and five years ago I turned my hobby of food preservation into a thriving home business. At that time, I was also a full time public school teacher, a wife and mother of four. I began selling artisan jams and jellies at our local farmers’ markets. Flavors like Strawberry Balsamic with Black Pepper Jam, Crangria Jam and Ruby Red, are not only customer favorites but award winners. A year ago I made a leap of faith by resigning from my secure career and opened a store that would embody my new found passion for "locavore" style food. You can only imagine the gasps in horror as I told my family and friends of my endeavor but I had vision, clear planning and they knew like many of my adventures, I would persevere. The store, with a commercial kitchen allowed me to expand beyond jams and jellies to other canned goods and preserves. A store front also allowed a year round, one stop shop for food normally found only at farmers' markets.

What makes your business stand out?

All of the products we carry in our shoppe are either handmade by us or come from local farms and artisans. We research each one and many times visit their farms or businesses to be sure we are passing on quality products.

What's the best business advice you've received?

Be consistent in the highest quality products and above all else superior customer service.

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