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The Jam Lady

Four-generation family run business, prided in quality products and customer satisfaction

-   ABOUT US  -


Hello there! Thank you for visiting us. My name is Julia, or you may know me as Jam Lady Junior. You might recognize me from the picture on our label. Above is a more recent picture next to our sign in the summer of 2018.

For those of you who aren't familiar with us, we are The Jam Lady. We have been in business for over 140 years, starting in the early 1880's picking berries and making jams. From there, our family sold jams and jellies on a little table on the side of the road in Phoenix, MI. We have had our storefront in Eagle River since the 1950's. My grandparents Florence and John Mihelcich converted what was once a post office into our storefront which we still operate in today. 

Florence expanded the business from a few wild berry products into a wide array of jams and jellies. With John beside her to help every step of the way, together they built a strong business that focused on a quality product, no matter the cost. 

My father, Paul, began to learn the recipes as they grew older. Eventually he stepped in to take over The Jam Lady in the early 2000's. All of his children, family members, and friends have lent a hand in our business over the years. He created new products and a new product line, syrups, since owning the business. 

Today we continue to grow.  We supply local stores across the Upper Peninsula and ship all over the country. We have won three awards for U.P. People's Choice Award. "Best Jam" for Thimbleberry Jam, "Best Jam" for Cherry Rhubarb Jam, and "Best Jelly" for Thimbleberry Jelly. We have been featured in the Detroit Free Press and have worked with Jilbert's Dairy.

Looking into the future, Paul's children hope to continue the business for years to come. Julia, Paul Jr, and all the grandchildren can be seen in the kitchen or in the shop to help you with anything you need. If we are out, please use our famous "Honesty Can" for your purchases.

We hope to continue our success with the help of our loyal customers who continue to come back and see us every year. Please click the links below to begin shopping! 


All our best,

The Mihelcich Family

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