To say that we are incredibly grateful for this opportunity is an understatement. Little did we know that when we met Jerry, Janet and their daughter Eeron, it would bring with it a new adventure. We became fast friends and enjoyed sharing stories, especially learning what a creative, kind and successful family the Helfreys truly are.

The Helfreys have been a staple with both their fudge (Fudge A Little) and crafts for many years at both Shaker Woods and Christmas in the Woods. Traveling from North Carolina for each of the shows, unbeknownst to the Johnstons, they were not planning to return in 2022. Amy had shared with Jerry her fond memories of growing up baking with her grandmother and how the tradition has been carried on.

During this time, Jerry spoke about the fudge making process in which he could see the excitement in Amy’s eyes which led to him offering her the opportunity to learn along with her husband, Will, the process and to obtain the building from his family. The rest is history...The Johnstons drove during the snowstorm this past January to North Carolina to the Helfreys home. Jerry said this was the most snow in the Carolinas he had witnessed in 15 years. There they got hands-on training making fudge. We could not have enjoyed the weekend more; we not only enjoyed the process of creating the fudge but the family we learned from made it extra special.

We are excited and cannot wait to carry on their family tradition of providing fudge for the shows alongside our daughter, Alaina, who has helped the Helfreys during shows. We’ll be in booth 57. Stop in.

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