Nicole Shultz of Uglie Acres is One Successful Mama + GIVEAWAY

January 6, 2016|Posted in: One Successful Mama

“I think what I love the most is watching people’s faces when they try a product for the first time. You just see the smile start at the eyes and go from there. It is one of the best feelings in the world to know someone likes your stuff that much.” – Nicole Shultz, Uglie Acres

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Nicole (center) with daughter Brittany and husband Levi

Happy New Year, dear readers!

I’m kicking off 2016 with my newest One Successful Mama: Nicole Shultz of Uglie Acres, a line of homemade, all-natural jams, jellies, fudge, coffee toffee, pretzel toffee and peanut brittle — with new flavors and products being added all the time!

Nicole lives on a small farm in Windsor, Pa. She’s married to Levi and is mom to a beautiful daughter, Brittany, who just graduated from college with a bachelor’s degree in nursing. She’s also a mama to two fur babies: dog Daisy Mae and kitty Cleo (short for Cleopatra).


As a thank-you to my readers, Nicole is giving away a $15 gift card to Uglie Acres!

To enter, simply comment on this post and tell us what your favorite homemade sweet treat is!

The giveaway is now closed. Thanks to everyone who entered.

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INTRODUCING: NICOLE SHULTZ, UGLIE ACRES!

How long ago did you start your business? What led you to start it?
My business kind of started on its own, in a somewhat peculiar way. I’m sure at some point my husband knew that I had canned and made my own jams and jellies. But, I don’t think that most of the time, while we were dating, I had canned. Too busy at my day job, I guess. However, he would talk about his grandmother and how he loved to sit there and eat her jelly bread while visiting as a child. It was such a fond memory for him, so when we would go out to farmers markets or apple fests IMG_20151205_103534708-2in the area, we would look for this jam. I told him that if he found the recipe or even knew what was in it, I could make it. He knew the color and the flavor but never knew what it was. One day, during casual conversation, his aunt said she had the recipe and I started making it: our pear jam. Friends loved it and I would give jars away when asked. Then, four years ago, (almost five) we bought the farm (literally). Being from a large family, we always had large gardens. My mom canned everything. I remember being little and getting a jar of pickles from under the steps. In the summer of 2011, the fruit started popping up. Apples on the trees, mulberries on the bushes. Neighbors with pears, others with blackberries. So, I got to “jamming.” I would sell them here and there when people would ask and, it grew from there. I’m so happy it did.

What types of services/products does Uglie Acres offer?
We have 37 flavors of jams and jellies. I have six that you will not find anywhere else. We also have fudge (great grandma’s recipe), pretzel toffee (my idea), coffee toffee (my husband’s idea), and peanut brittle (my mom’s recipe). We are currently looking at adding extracts and salsas to our lineup.

Describe your first few months getting started. What were your major challenges?FB_IMG_1451883041149
The first few months were hectic. I remember the first week of getting the product volume I thought we might need. It was a week of very late or sleepless nights — my kitchen was a nightmare. Searching online to find out what needed to be done to certify our kitchen, which turned into finding a kitchen to rent. Sending in samples of the jams for state-required testing. (That was a week of calling labs to see which ones do the testing that I needed to have done).

What has surprised you the most about yourself when it comes to running your own business?
I am most surprised about myself when I hear others say, “I use you as my role model when it comes to running my business. You are so passionate about what you do and love your product so much that it sells itself. If I’m the same way, my product should sell that way too.” It’s nice that others see my dedication and hard work to the one thing I love to do. Not to mention I love to feed people. Just ask anyone who has walked into my house while I was cooking and I say try this. Or open up and put something in their mouths!

How has owning your own business benefitted you as a mother and wife?
I get to make my own schedule. I love the freedom that owning your own business gives you. If I need a day off, I can take it. At one point, my daughter had to have some dental work done. She asked me to go along with her. It was going to be an hour or more long procedure. In my old job, I probably could have gotten the time off to be with her. However, owning my own business, it was guaranteed. When she called me at 2 a.m. that night in tears because she was in so much pain from the dental work, I could talk to her and help her through the night, not having to worry about what time I needed to be up in the morning. As a wife, my husband will be the first to tell you, I’m much happier. I don’t have dark circles under my eyes from the stress or lack of sleep with my old job. I was also able to help another family member who was on bed rest during her second pregnancy. I flew out to their house for a week and made her enough freezer meals to last her at least 3 months. Not to mention, I got to know my niece better.

FB_IMG_1451883028863What do you enjoy the most about owning your own business?
I love to cook, and I love to create new things. So I get to do both with my business. Berry Banani, A-pinapapaya-wi-go, Fruit Cocktail, Uglie Orchard, Dirty Island Desire, and Ancho-typical Orange are proof of that! But, I think what I love the most is watching people’s faces when they try a product for the first time. You just see the smile start at the eyes and go from there. It is one of the best feelings in the world to know someone likes your stuff that much. So much so, that my regular customers call themselves Uglie Junkies.

What are your goals for the future?
We have both short-term and long-term goals. In the short term, we are planning on adding more plants. I am expecting to put in 250 strawberry plants this year along with more fruit trees. We would also like to make our cookbooks and T-shirts available. Our long term goals include getting the garage upgraded and putting my industrial kitchen above it, and keeping the whole process here at the farm, saving both time and money. We are also hoping to get our products in more stores, slowly growing our customer base.

What advice do you have for women who may want to take the leap and own their own businesses?FB_IMG_1449329997815
My biggest and best advice is just do it! As scary as it is, just do it. So many people are deterred by the fact that they don’t know what steps to take. But guidelines and details seem to find you when you need them. However, whatever you choose to do, do it with something you love, something that you are passionate about. No matter how unique you may be, you still represent a certain percentage of the population. If you create a product that you enjoy yourself, you guarantee that at least a certain amount of people will enjoy as well. If you create a product that you wouldn’t use, the only thing you guarantee is that there is a group of people out there who wouldn’t use it, either.

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UGLIE ACRES GIVEAWAY ANNOUNCEMENT!

Note: This giveaway is now closed. Thank you to everyone who entered!

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Win a $15 gift card to Uglie Acres!

To enter, simply comment below and tell us what your favorite homemade sweet treat is!

The winner will be notified by email on or about January 18.

Your email address will not be sold or used for any other purpose.

39 Comments

  1. Jen H.
    January 6, 2016

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    I love Nicole’s products – I have purchased jams and her pretzel toffee. Keep up the great work. We are all looking forward to seeing what you have planned for 2016.

  2. Becky
    January 6, 2016

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    What a great story!! My favorite is Uglie Acres peanut butter fudge – so delicious!!

  3. Anna clinton
    January 6, 2016

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    Apple pie jam!!!

  4. Britta Aller
    January 6, 2016

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    My favorite Ugly Acres product is the fudge

  5. Donna Horst
    January 6, 2016

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    Love so many of Nicole’s products. My husband no longer will eat the grape jelly from the store. It is now Uglie Acres only in our house. I must say I love the Ancho-Typical Orange jam. Put it on chicken is my favorite. You go Nicole.

  6. Deb Cooper
    January 6, 2016

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    Uglie Acres is the best! the red pepper jelly is my favorite!

  7. Heather
    January 6, 2016

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    I love toffee and homemade jams! I have been looking for someone in the area who makes these kinds of things!! Yay!

  8. Kayla
    January 6, 2016

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    Nicole’s fudge!

  9. Sherrie Rank
    January 6, 2016

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    I met Nicole and Levi a little over a year ago. They are what my grandfather always called “the real deal.” What you see is what you get and you get a lot from these two. Now, for our favorite Ugly Acres product in our house — changes monthly (every time we try a new flavor!) but, currently, it’s her blueberry jelly. By the way, I’ve seen those looks she referred to when people try her jellies, fudge, etc. for the first time. Their eyes light up, the corners of their mouths go up and you hear that “yum” and you just know they want to ask for more!!!!!!

  10. Anne Baum
    January 6, 2016

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    Original junkie here! Can’t say enough good things about Nicole products. They are some of the most amazing things I have ever tasted. My favorite is probably the red pepper jam not something I would have ever thought I would like buy the title but it is absolutely delicious I’ve also enjoyed the pineapappayawego (spelling) and many others. We will be customers for life

  11. Kayley
    January 6, 2016

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    The Ugly Acres Homemade Chocolate Pretzel Toffee looks delicious, so I’ll call that my fave. 😀

  12. Cheryl Crook
    January 6, 2016

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    I love, love, love the red pepper jam and the toffee ?

  13. deb
    January 6, 2016

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    This is the first I’ve heard of Uglie Acres! I will be checking out your products for sure! I love me some fudge, however *grinz*

  14. bobbi jo kline
    January 6, 2016

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    my family loves her products and our favorite is strawberry and apple butter

  15. Chris Shultz
    January 6, 2016

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    Such a great story, and I am so very proud of Nicole, and what she is creating with her business. My favorite sweet treat is Levi! I’m his Mom!

  16. Kelci
    January 6, 2016

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    Apple pie jam, and anything strawberry (:

  17. Tania Steele
    January 6, 2016

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    I just moved to Windsor and didn’t know this was here. So I have not had the chance to try any of your products. But once I get a job, you bet I will be trying your products.

  18. Cathy pisch
    January 6, 2016

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    I love their product!!! The ancho topical orange jam is the best on chicken. She also makes the best fudge.

    Congrats Nicole

  19. Tracey Botterbusch
    January 6, 2016

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    I haven’t tried all of her jams but the ones I’ve tried are delicious! I met Nicole a few years back at a vendor event we both were at and since then we have run into each other at other events….each time I have to try what’s new and purchase something! She’s a nice, cool, down to earth person and I love talking to her while we pass the time during the slow times at the events.
    ~Tracey

  20. Michele M
    January 6, 2016

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    Her watermelon jam is the bomb but you can never go wrong with the blackberry…simply the best.

  21. Jessica McClary
    January 6, 2016

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    I love her red pepper jam!!! But all stuff is great!!!

  22. Deb Bosley
    January 6, 2016

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    I was given some of Nicole’s products as a Christmas gift. My favorite was the Peanut Butter Fudge – it was delicious! If I’m chosen as winner, just send me $15 worth of fudge!!

  23. Lisa
    January 6, 2016

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    Love her Jams and Jellies it s to hard to pick a favorite! The Fudge is great too!

  24. Sara Small
    January 7, 2016

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    Love the fudge and my kids love all the jams. When we do vendor shows the kids always ask if the “jelly lady” was there and what kind we got this time. They have yet to try them all but we are working on it!!

  25. Lori Eshleman
    January 7, 2016

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    I love the uglie orchard jam! It is my absolute favorite.

  26. Theresa L.
    January 7, 2016

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    LOVE the pretzel toffee and the PB Fudge is AMAZING!

  27. Sabrina
    January 7, 2016

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    I love Uglie Orchard!!! I think fudge is one of my sweet treats!

  28. Melodie Dearolf
    January 8, 2016

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    Love the jams! Have pear in my fridge now. I met Nicole at our Holiday Hope fund raisers, such a nice person. I recommend her products There is nothing better in the stores.
    Melodie Dearolf.

  29. Sandy
    January 11, 2016

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    I am so addicted to the pretzel toffee!!! It is so amazing. I absolutely LOVE Uglie Orchard :)

  30. Stephen Ward
    January 11, 2016

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    Apple Pie jam is the hands down favorite in my house!!!!

  31. Patricia Walter
    January 11, 2016

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    I met Nicole at a event 2 years ago. I enjoyed her apple butter some of her jams and also liked her fugde & toffee. I will still continue to buy from her. Thank you

  32. Michelle Ferrara
    January 11, 2016

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    I love Nicole’s Dirty Island Desire jam!! We also like the tomato jam! It’s delicious on sandwiches!

  33. Mary Mahey
    January 11, 2016

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    I love the apple pie jelly. It is so versatile from using as jelly on toast to a topping on ice cream to pancakes and crepes. I have given it as gifts and people love it and want to know where I got it and when they are getting their next jar. This is our favorite and Nicole has so many other great tasting jellies/jams that you can use in your cooking.

  34. Debbie Bennett
    January 12, 2016

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    My all time favorite jam/jelly is Strawberry .. I know, not very adventurous; but, I remember my mother baking homemade bread and rolls and having them hot out of the oven… need I say more .. memories.

    January 18th is my birthday and this would be a wonderful present .. just saying.

    debbebennett@yahoo.com

  35. Raelena P.
    January 13, 2016

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    Fudge is definitely my favorite. I love the variety of jams offered, especially banana jam. I’ve never tried it before but it sounds sooo good.

  36. Enid s
    January 13, 2016

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    You know someone’s product is amazing when you feel like you are cheating on them buying anything else love Nicole, her family daisy included :)

  37. Tara Trovitch
    January 14, 2016

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    Ancho Typical Orange is what I try to keep on hand out of all of Nicole’s yummy jams. I seem to always use it almost immediately on chicken!!!

  38. Shari Huffman
    January 14, 2016

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    I met Nicole 2 years ago at a vendor event and quickly became an Uglie Junkie! Here are my two “must have” favorites:
    A-Pinappapaya-Wi-Go: I have never been a fan of cooked ham and rarely would even think to buy it – but now I have it often because it’s fabulous with this jelly on it! (although I do have a theory that I may be using the ham as just a means by which to get the jelly into my mouth…LOL!).
    Concord Grape: This is so rich in flavor (unlike store bought jelly!) that I only need a thin layer on my toast – so a jar lasts much longer than a jar of store bought grape jelly does!
    Over the last 2 years, Nicole has become a really good friend – in fact, she’s an amazing friend! Fun, creative, hard working, honest, straightforward…and as someone else mentioned, the “real deal”. Her family is awesome! Her Uglie Acres products are made with the utmost due diligence, integrity, care…and love. If you haven’t tried them, you’re missing out! Become an Uglie Junkie like the rest of us! :)

  39. Sharai McConnell
    January 14, 2016

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    Nicole, your products are outstanding! And you as a person are the kind of friend anyone would be proud to have. When I count my favorite people I count you twice :-)

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