Meet the Artisan

Sean & Ally Ryan

Owners, Beary Jam

Cumberland Valley Connection: Sean and Ally moved here from VA in the fall of 2017 for career opportunities.

Schooling: Ally received her Master’s in Public Administration from Shippensburg University in May of 2020 and Sean received his PhD in Educational Leadership from Central Michigan University in April of 2020

A little about Beary Jam: In 2019, using Grandma Ryan’s original freezer jam recipe from Iowa, my husband and I decided we wanted to share this delicious homemade jam with all our friends and family. The name is inspired by our sweet and loving Wheaten Terrier, Bear, because we found that his joy and love was the perfect representation of the type of jams that we wanted to make. Using fresh whole fruit, sugar and gelatin, we cook the jam down to the perfect consistency and thickness, leaving the fresh fruit in chunks, making our jam unique and even more delicious.

Favorite Season: Fall/Winter