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Shop Local and Homemade at House of Webster in Rogers

Posted by Allyson Twiggs-Dyer on Mon, Dec 22, 2014

By: Laurie Marshall

House of Webster 3Rogers, Arkansas is proud to be the home of many businesses that grew up here in Northwest Arkansas, but are known around the world. Some, you may have heard of, but some, you may not. One company that might fall into that latter group is House of Webster. They have been known for high-quality preserves, jams, jellies and salsas for decades – in fact, they celebrated 80 years of business in 2014!

Rogers, Arkansas is proud to be the home of many businesses that grew up here in Northwest Arkansas, but are known around the world. Some, you may have heard of, but some, you may not. One company that might fall into that latter group is House of Webster. They have been known for high-quality preserves, jams, jellies and salsas for decades – in fact, they celebrated 80 years of business in 2014!

In 1934, founder Roy Webster was a newspaper delivery man. Being an entrepreneur at heart, it was an easy decision to add other items to his route to serve his customers. He started out with milk and dairy products, and added pies, cakes and other homemade baked goods made by his wife, Evelynn, when customers started asking for them. By 1941, a local freight company had begun giving Evelynn’s homemade treats to their employees at holiday time, and a successful gift market for House of Webster was born.

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Through the years, the company has expanded its product line to include baking mixes, kitchen accessories, and even electric cast iron stoves. Today, they are a national powerhouse in the wholesale jams and jellies market, selling their mason jars full of homemade goodness in specialty stores, amusement parks, museum gift shops and restaurants across the country.

For their 80th anniversary, House of Webster introduced a small line of items that harken back to the “good old days” and feature cane sugar instead of high fructose corn syrup. Current flavors using cane sugar are strawberry, blueberry, blackberry and red raspberry, but the response from customers to these items has been so encouraging, and they are considering adding to the line in coming months.

If you aren’t a big fan of sweet, you can still fill a pantry with House of Webster items. They have a great variety of pickles, mustards, BBQ sauce, and other savory items as well. My favorite is the Ozark Stout Ale Mustard. It is packed full of mustard seeds, and the recipe includes a stout ale made by local brewery, Ozark Beer Company here in Rogers. I don’t think there is anything better to spread on a fresh roll with a big pile of sliced roast beef.

You might be surprised to know that there is an actual guy in a chef’s coat working in a kitchen at the company headquarters in Rogers. “Chef Will” spends his days trying new flavor combinations, sampling recipes, and planning new products. He and his staff make sure that nothing receives the House of Webster label if it is not something they can be proud of.

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The website has been updated this year, and it is now possible to purchase individual jars of House of Webster products online, but if you’re not sure what you’re looking for, take peek at their gift pack selection – you will probably find something perfect for whoever you are shopping for. (Don’t forget a treat for yourself as well!) If you are visiting or local to Northwest Arkansas, you can stop by the gift shop right next door to the company headquarters and shop at your leisure for everything you could possibly need for hand-selected gift baskets for your friends and family. A basket of sweet and savory goods from home is always a welcome treat.

Happy Holidays!

Topics: Shopping, Made in Rogers