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A Summer Jam

Regina's Farm Kitchen, an award-winning Dunwoody cottage industry

Nothing screams summer quite like a jar of bright home-made fruit jam, telling the story of sunshine, soft rain and TLC. Regina Nekola Hild of Dunwoody was raised on Iowa farm and brings a lifetime of growing good food to her business, Regina’s Farm Kitchen. We asked her about her passion and entrepreneurial spirit. 

Lifestyle Publications: Regina’s Farm Kitchen artisan fruit spreads is all about award winning, all-natural, low sugar fruit spread that is award winning and made with Georgia-grown fruit. What is it about making beautiful food that makes you tick?

Regina: I was born and raised on a 200–acre farm in Iowa. My parents were small business owners. My mother was also a prolific and creative cook. She told my siblings and me that if we expected to eat, we needed to learn how to cook. I enjoyed bonding with my mother in the kitchen learning to create new dishes.

LP: Why did you decide to launch your new business, Regina’s Farm Kitchen, five years ago?

RFK: After working in corporate America for several years, I realized I did not want to work a desk job anymore and chose to pursue my childhood dream, something in the food/culinary field.

I enrolled at Gwinnett Tech in 2010 where I studied Culinary Arts and earned my Associate of Applied Sciences degree. I became a Certified Culinarian with the American Culinary Foundation. After honing my skills as a pastry chef and bakery operations manager, I decided it was time to create my own food product and founded Regina’s Farm Kitchen (RFK) in 2016. Not surprisingly, this began in my family kitchen in Dunwoody.  Although I am Iowa-bred, I have become a Southern girl at heart.

LP: Why do you call Dunwoody home?

RFK My husband and I self-employed and live and work in Dunwoody. Our neighborhood is small and the turn-over is infrequent. There are still five or so original families in the 70s neighborhood. We really like the neighborhood and the convenience to everything you need to be comfortable in the big city. It almost feels like live/work/play in this burb called Dunwoody. Our friends have become like family as have our neighbors.

LP: We heard from a little birdie that you’re a finalist in the 2020 Flavor of Georgia Food Contest. Congratulations!

RFK: At RFK, unbridled quality is expected throughout the hands-on process of sourcing, producing and packaging an array of small-batch treasures. I always use the freshest fruits during Georgia harvest seasons and ingredients in all my products. I buy all of my fruits from local farmers! In 2018, I won the Good Food Award with my Strawberry Blueberry Jalapeno Artisan Fruit Spread. 

LP: Where can we put our hands on some of that jam?

RFK: Our products can be purchased online at ReginasFarmKitchen.com and at local Atlanta boutiques see our website for a list of local boutiques and farmer's markets including Dunwoody and Alpharetta. For more recipes and product updates, find us on social media @Reginasfarmkitchen

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