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About Us

One of the first specialty food companies in Vermont, Sidehill Farm started in the 1970's when Dot and Ben Naylor resurrected old family recipes for artisanal jams and began producing them for friends and family. Their children spent many summer afternoons picking raspberries for those first jam batches. Folks appreciated the unique way Sidehill Farm makes their jam: No pectin or artificial ingredients, just boiled-down fruit and sugar, handmade and hand-stirred, which produces a jam with more fruit and more flavor in every bite.  Before long Ben and Dot began making jam full time for specialty food shops throughout Vermont.

In 2000, Dot and Ben passed on their jam-stirring spoon to their son Kelt and his wife Kristina, allowing Kelt to fulfill his dream of moving back to Vermont after working in high tech manufacturing in the Boston area.

Joined now by their children Caroline and Max, the Naylors have been carefully expanding Sidehill’s offerings with new jam flavors and a line of Vermont Maple toppings. Their product line now includes 18 jams and fruit butters, including old favorites raspberry, blueberry, and strawberry rhubarb, as well as some unexpected treats like cinnamon pear, mango habanero, and hot red pepper. They’re especially excited with the centerpiece of their topping line, Maple Apple DrizzleTM. A delicious combination of Vermont maple syrup and New England apples, it tastes like apple pie in a jar, and can be enjoyed with ice cream, pancakes, or all by itself.

For more than thirty years Sidehill Farm has sold their jams at gift and specialty shops throughout New England. But you don't have to make the trip north to enjoy the tastiest jams in Vermont-- Sidehill can also send their jams and Drizzle toppings directly from our kitchen to yours. And don't forget to order a few extra jars or a gift basket for your family and friends: They make a unique Vermont gift in a unique package.

                                                                -Kelt and Kristina Naylor