Make Your Mouth Happy!
Make Your Mouth Happy!
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.
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.
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.