Bradley Allen shares inspirations for Copper Pan Jams, challenges faced, the influence of Santa Cruz, and what’s next for Copper Pan Jams.
This interview by Matthew Swinnerton of Event Santa Cruz was originally published on June 22 at eventsantacruz.com.
So Bradley, what inspired you to make a company selling gourmet marmalade & jams?
My inspirations to start a company making jam from local organic fruits come from a range of people, organizations, ideals, events, and job experiences. On a trip to France in 1998, I remember breakfast always included fresh butter croissants accompanied with delicious strawberry jam.
I’m passionate about our environment and food, including sustainable agriculture, which I studied at UC Santa Cruz. Food preservation allows people to utilize more fruit from a tree. For example, a single plum tree typically provides more fresh plums than a family would be able to consume. By making plum jam, the incredible taste of locally grown plums can be enjoyed all year round. Environmentally, this seems to be a better decision than importing plums grown in another country when they are out of season locally.
Copper Pan Jams was very excited to participate in the second annual Mother’s Day Weekend Art & Gift Show on Saturday, May 9 at Gault Elementary School in Santa Cruz.
The event, free and open to the public, was a fundraiser for Gault Elementary School. Local artists and crafters sold beautiful paintings, wearable art, purses and bags, pottery, clothing, jewelry and much more.
This interview was first published by Slow Food Santa Cruz in the Snail Mail newsletter for June 2014.
Slow Food Santa Cruz (SFSC) recently sat down with owner of Santa Cruz-based Copper Pan Jams, Bradley Allen. A 14-year resident of Santa Cruz, Allen not only produces jam, but also is a website developer, photographer, social justice activist, on the steering committee for the Santa Cruz Fruit Tree Project and a production partner for Half Moon Bay-based Beeta Ganoush. Allen shares his inspiration for starting a jam business and also his perspective on agriculture in and around the region.
On Friday, April 25, Copper Pan Jams was proud to participate in Teen Nite: I.D.E.A. Fest at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History. The event brought together over 300 people; of which 260 were students.
Subjects to Change presented I.D.E.A. Fest (Identity, Diversity, and Expression through Art), a night to explore the people and subcultures that make up our community and ultimately what makes us…us. Topics of the evening included gender, sexuality, and stereotypes through a variety of art and creative experiences.