Hello and welcome to the gorgeous and fertile Darling Downs of Queensland! My name is Jackie and I live on 5 acres with my husband TB (The Beloved). Until very recently TB and I ran a successful Café in Allora Qld. After nearly three years we decided to close the Café and go back to the first loves in our lives, besides each other…………..
In June 2012, I left the corporate world, burnt out and depleted. I launched Frog and Swallow Gourmet Preserves in July of that year. My family of TB and my three gorgeous grown up sons, had a hand in naming and positioning this small food producing business in the market place. Every member of my family contributed in some way.
We enjoyed exponential success. I was highlighted in the US Business Women’s Magazine “Cake & Whiskey” alongside a closer to home publication “Highlife Darling Downs” Magazine. One of our earliest bulk orders was for 605 units of our famous Orange & Whiskey Marmalade. This order was from Marketing Company in Melbourne, it had a three month lead up time and I was grateful for that, as I really was panicking! We delivered early!
From then, we entered the Bonbonieres/Wedding Favour industry, we were sending out over 1000 units/month all around the country and we never advertised! Then life got in the way.
In October of 2012, TB was involved in a serious Motorcycle accident on the way to work. We are so lucky to still have him here. He had spent his entire career being in a leadership role in the Hardware or Industrial Sales Industries which needed a level of physicality. His injuries took 2 years to resolve. He still has a physical impairment. Those two years were hard. So, in November 2014 we opened Frog and Swallow Café with big dreams and lots of passion. We so enjoyed making our little Café a hub of social activity whilst TB got to exercise his upper body as only a Barista could! We were successful.
In early August of 2017, TB and I were both presented, individually, days apart, with some opportunities, that after much thought, we decided to explore.
So, we decided to close the Café in mid August 2017 and pursue these opportunities.
So, TB has re-entered the Hardware/Industrial Supply industries and I have come full circle and returned to Frog and Swallow Gourmet Preserves. I’m delighted that I have!
My focus will be on ramping up production into the Wedding and Corporate Gift industries, whilst continuing to supply retail outlets and selling at selected, regional, quality markets.
“If I had to explain why I’m passionate about bringing my customers, family and friends my products, I think the tradition of food preservation is so relevant in our often chaotic modern world, and it has the potential to reconnect us with the beauty and natural cycles that sustain us.” – Jackie 2012
I’m an unashamed Locavore. This means I source my ingredients from within 100km of where I live (where possible). My preference is to purchase straight from the farm gate. This also means it comes to me fresh and in season. I can think of no better way to enjoy and preserve those ingredients!