Meet the Maker

Preserving and canning has been a lifelong passion of Naneen’s, the owner, operator and master canner for County Fare. In 2011, she purchased an existing canning business in Prince Edward County, called Pat’s Jams. Her dream has come to fruition and she renamed her operation Price Edward County Fare (now called County Fare).

Initially she followed Pat’s jam recipes, but always with the intention of bringing the existing products “up a notch” and transforming the full sugar jams and jellies into healthier products. Using less refined sugar also allows the fresh taste of the produce to take centre stage.

Naneen recognized that processed sugars were (and they still are) a mounting public health concern and a major contributor to the growing rates of diabetes and obesity in Canada. Then she discovered a natural pectin on the market that allowed her to reduce the typical half and half fruit to sugar ratio in jams and jellies to a 4 to 1 ratio. That was her “eureka” moment! Fruit is now the leading ingredient in all of her products. In addition, she discovered a natural sweetener, erthritol, which looks and tastes like sugar but has 0 calories per gram, is easy on the digestive system and is pet-friendly. More importantly, this sweetener is a natural choice for blood sugar control as it does not affect blood glucose or insulin levels, perfect for diabetics!

Our Future

County Fare has always been a work in progress since its conception. And we’re constantly researching new ways to improve our products. Maintaining the healthiness and artisanal quality of our products, while keeping our flavours interesting and unique, is our goal! Food is fun!

 

Naneen Keenan

County Fare Owner / Operator / Master Canner

 
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