The Billings Outpost

Becky’s Berries at show

By ALYSSA BARNES

The phrases “Traffic Jam” and “Road Rage” might not typically conjure up images of peacefully sipping tea while nibbling on a piece of crunchy buttered toast slathered in sweet, fruity preserves, but perhaps they should.

If you have ever spent a bustling Saturday summer morning in downtown Billings methodically investigating the wide variety of Yellowstone Farmers’ Market vendor booths, it is likely you are familiar with the delicious offerings of Becky’s Berries.

If you have not yet had a chance to sample her heavenly concoctions, you will get your opportunity at the 2013 Home and Health Expo.

Becky’s Berries may be a first-time Home and Health Expo attendee, but the business is already well-known in the Billings community. Becky Stahl of Absarokee began sharing her homemade jams, jellies and syrups with eager Yellowstone Farmers Market attendees in 2004. Since then, her business has continued to grow, even in a challenging economy.

“When I told my husband about my idea to start this business, he said, ‘You are going to make a living making jam?’ I’m going to try,” said owner, Becky Stahl, “I’ve never looked back.”

Her signature, Made in Montana jams and jellies are prepared blending local ingredients such as huckleberries, chokecherries and wild plum with strawberries, peaches and even jalapeños. “Traffic Jam” is a blend of raspberries, blueberries, strawberries and marion berries while “Road Rage” throws a kick of jalapeños into the mix.

According to Becky, “Road Rage” and her other gourmet pepper jellies, with combinations like mango jalapeño and pineapple jalapeño, are her biggest sellers.

Becky will have plenty of items on hand for sampling and purchase at booth #663 inside the Montana Pavilion. Her products may also be purchased on her website at www.beckysberries.com and locally in Billings at the Good Earth Market and Buffalo Chips.

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