About Mrs. G’s Hot Pepper Jellies
Mrs. G’s began one Christmas, 20 years ago, when Cindy Greaver had more time than money to invest in holiday gifts for family and friends, so she made several batches of hot pepper jelly. Soon everyone was asking for more!
Mrs. G’s is now in its 5th year of business. And while the business has grown substantially, the products haven’t lost the small batch charm that keeps fans coming back for more.
Mrs. G’s remains dedicated to producing hot pepper jellies with only the freshest non-GMO ingredients, in a local FDA-certified kitchen to ensure excellence in taste and quality. Flavors include: Ja-Ha, Jalapeno Garlic Lime, Mango Ginger Habanero, and Peach Habanero.
Mrs. G’s Jellies are sourced locally, and are made and packaged in Southern California. Jellies are available at several retail locations across southern California, online and at local events where Cindy and her family are so happy to meet their loyal customers. Look for great recipes here!
Cindy Greaver aka Mrs. G
Cindy Greaver, the “Mrs. G” behind Mrs. G’s, never thought she’d one day launch a gourmet food business. With a degree from Pepperdine University in Psychology and Sociology, she got her early work experience from a variety of positions in corporate America and later helped her husband with the administrative side of his business.
Cindy took great joy in supporting the family business while homeschooling her two children for 10 years. When the kids grew up, Cindy looked to fill her extra time with a new side venture. But what would that be? Piano lessons? No. After school tutoring? No.
The only real skill she had in terms of making a product, she deduced, was making hot pepper jelly. After sharing the idea with some friends, they all told her it was too good NOT to share with everyone. And the business was born.
Favorite Mrs. G’s hot pepper jelly flavor:
I like each of them on different things, but when I tasted Jalapeno Garlic Lime for the first time I grabbed a spoon and ate half the jar.
Butternut squash recipe with either Mango Ginger Habanero or Ja-Ha.
Unexpected way to use Mrs. G’s jellies:
PB&J with the “J” being Jalapeno Garlic Lime. Customers love it!
What surprised me about building a business like ours:
Being an introvert, I didn’t expect to enjoy interacting with customers, other makers and our community as much as I have. I really love meeting new people at our events and hearing their stories. And also…how much work and tenacity it takes to build an artisan food business! It has given me a new respect for the artisan community.
Charities Mrs. G’s Supports
Kent (“Mr. G”) and I believe that Mrs. G’s Hot Pepper Jellies is a business opportunity which has been given to us as a gift. As such, we want to be good stewards of it and operate with integrity and generosity. At Mrs. G’s, we are dedicated to giving back to our community not only in a portion of our profits, but in our time as well. We’d like to let you know about some of the organizations we support:
Penny Williams, the founder of Seeds of Hope, has been a good friend of mine since we were roommates at Pepperdine University. In 2013, she and her husband Chris left their lovely custom home in Valley Center, sold everything and moved to Costa Rica with literally a couple of suitcases to start Seeds of Hope.
Her story begins with a casual conversation on a bridge in Costa Rica with a U.S. tourist who had travelled there for the purpose of having sex with young girls. It continues now in both Costa Rica and El Salvador, offering support and resources to the youth, in partnership with local government agencies, helping them to leave that life behind and find successful alternatives: Read about what they do.
They and their staff have invested their personal finances, comfort and hearts into the lives of the kids they serve. They run Seeds of Hope on a “shoestring,” putting as much of the donations as possible back into helping the kids. The “fruit” is evident not only in the lives of the individual kids and their families, but also on a national and global level as their “Clubhouse” model is being implemented in communities across Costa Rica and in other countries.
FROM THEIR WEBSITE:
Vision: To end sexual exploitation/trafficking, drugs, alcohol and violence for the youth in Costa Rica.
Mission: Our mission is to prevent human trafficking , drug addiction, alcoholism, violence, and dropping out of school . We strive to empower and educate students in high-risk communities with life skills and to motivate them to break the silence. [Read more here: website]
HOW YOU CAN HELP:
There are many ways to help: How can I help?
Mrs. G’s was so honored to have been a sponsor and participant of the Celebrity Chef Showdown of this year’s Reality Rally, an annual charitable event in our community. Reality Rally is a “Fun for Funds” 3 day event created by “Survivor” contestant, Gillian Larson, who desired to use her “Survivor Status” platform to do some good in her community. One hundred percent of net proceeds from Reality Rally benefit Temecula-based Michelle’s Place Breast Cancer Resource Center .
Michelle’s Place was founded by Michelle’s parents, Bill and Marilyn Watson, acting on a dying wish of their daughter. Michelle was 24 years old when she was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer. She felt that it was extremely difficult to find local information and support for women with her diagnosis. Her wish was for a place in Temecula where those with breast cancer and their families would receive emotional comfort and the latest information regarding treatment options, coping strategies, up-to-date research and clinical developments for making treatment decisions.
Since it was founded in 2001, Michelle’s Place has expanded its services and now offers help to breast cancer patients and their families from all over California in the areas of Detection, Support and Education (including the largest wig bank in California, counseling and financial support).