NORTH MONMOUTH, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- With just three days left until Johnny Kelley heads to Bangor for the 2012 American Folk Festival, and 100 cases of canned goods to prepare, the North Monmouth business man has a big week ahead of him.
Kelley has owned and operated Jacks Gourmet Pickles and Relish out of his home since 1994. What originally started as just a business that canned and sold pickles and relishes, now offers 22 different gourmet specialty foods the way your grandmother might have made them. "I try to do it the old fashioned way just like your grandmother would make it," says Kelley. "By hand, small batches and that way you can keep the quality."
Kelley doesn't sell his product directly out of his home, but instead comes to you. He travels to around 30 different fairs and festivals throughout the year because he likes the one on one interaction he gets with each and every customer. "Being a small business, that's my market is going out and selling it to the people directly," says Kelley.
In 1999 Kelley received national recognition when he won first place in the condiment category of Chili Pepper Magazine's Fiery Food Challenge. If you'd like to purchase any of Kelley's products, or just try a sample, you can stop by his booth at the American Folk Festival Friday through Sunday.