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Soaring Swine Acres is owned by Mary Ruhter, a retired teacher and Southern soul transplanted to California in 1990. All products are produced by Mary and her son, Michael, working side-by-side in Martha’s Kitchen, a restaurant in Moreno Valley, CA. 

Our gourmet jams and jellies are 100% natural, with no artificial colors or flavorings. Mary and Michael develop their own recipes, unique flavor combinations that cannot be found elsewhere. Some of our products are based on family recipes, or inspired by Mary’s Mexican family, her childhood in New Orleans, and the Southern California lifestyle the family embraced. Michael was cooking with his dad as a toddler, was able to prepare a family meal by age eleven, and has been developing his own recipes ever since.

  

Soaring Swine Acres was founded in 2012 in Yucaipa, California.

Our Story

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  It All Started with Apricots

  

In 2008, Mary’s new father-in-law learned that she and her daughter, Amanda, loved apricots. Since he had a couple of apricot trees on his property, he started delivering them to Soaring Swine Acres. Bushels of apricots. Mary and Amanda ate them…and ate them…and ate them. The apricots kept coming. Amanda took them to share with her coworkers. Mary gave some to friends and neighbors. She shared them with her students and other teachers. She cooked with them, stuffing chicken, making sauces, creating a recipe for chocolate apricot upside down cake. Still, the apricot deliveries continued. 

The delimma was confounding her. Mary could not stand by and watch this beautiful, luscious fruit go to waste. Then it hit her.

Mary was always told that she was a clone of her grandmother. Every time her father or one of her uncles saw her, their comment was always, “Why, May-ree, you look just like muh-ther,” (spoken in a Mississippi drawl). Well, Mary’s Maw-Maw was the consummate canner. She canned everything they grew on their Mississippi farm. Well, Maw-Maw was long gone and Mary had only one of her original recipes. 

Not to be deterred, Mary bought some canning jars and with a little research taught herself how to can. Golden Apricot Jam was her very first canning adventure and it turned out perfect! 

As different fruits ripened, Mary began working on other recipes. Family and friends loved her creations and encouraged her to start a business. With Ralph’s support and Michael by her side, this family business was born.

Our Mission

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Soaring Swine Acres is a family company producing and selling artisan jams, jellies, sauces, salsas, and pickles made in batches of no more than twelve jars. 

  

Our mission is to deliver the finest small-batch products ever to tempt your tastebuds.

THE STORY OF OUR NAME

It Was Meant to Be

Mary has always been a “city girl,” born and raised in the suburbs of New Orleans and happiest in the middle of a booming city. In 2007, she married Ralph and nervously agreed to move to Yucaipa because Ralph wanted a home with acreage. 

Together they found the perfect place on the North Bench in Yucaipa, a neighborhood with multi-acre lots. Mary was excited because the home was a “short sale.” She had no idea what that meant! 

In the months that followed their bid on the house, Mary’s hopes and dreams were raised and dashed on a weekly basis. One week the bank agreed to their offer, the next week the answer was no. For every hurdle they cleared, another obstacle was thrown in their path to a new home. “Pay an extra $10,000 and the house is yours,” the bank said. Negotiations continued. “Oh, the owners ripped out all the appliances last week, but you can still have it,” was another communication from the lender. Then came the news, “The septic tank collapsed, if you can have it repaired in a week, the house is yours.” On again, off again, tears of disappointment, heart aflutter with anticipation. At one point, a frustrated banker told Ralph and Mary, “You know, you’ll get that house when pigs fly.”

Well…pigs flew, and they got their place! They had to name it Soaring Swine Acres, and when Mary started her jam and jelly business, no other name would do.

Sometimes pigs really DO fly…and wonderful things happen!

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Reviews

Oak Tree Village Store Front

Shawna M., California

 This place is amazing!!!!! Not only does their jam taste great, Mary was great with my 3 children. I would highly recommend shopping here. We live about an hour way and my children loved the jam so much they couldn’t wait to get home and eat the amazing jam. Thank you Mary you made our day! 

Caramel Apple Jam

Stephanie M., Los Angeles, CA

 This is by far, hands down the best jam I've ever had. I've already polished off one jar of the 4 that I purchased and I only just got them last weekend. I will definitely be buying more!!! 

Watermelon Stinger Jelly

Nicole I., Hemet, CA

 This place is fantastic! I live in Hemet and I make a point to drive up the mountain just for their "stinger" jellies. You cannot go wrong with fruit and habanero! 

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Soaring Swine Acres

38480 Oak Glen Road, Oak Glen, California 92399, United States

(951) 961-5279 (Mary) (951) 208-8894 (Michael)

Hours

Open weekends and holidays.

Sept. - Dec. 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.

January - August: 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Closed Thanksgiving & Christmas