I've been making jelly for years. First, for my family and as gifts to friends. Then I began selling it at Farmer's Markets and craft shows. Several people commented that my jellies were the best they had ever tasted, and that I should sell them in stores. So after much thought and research, Rafter 7S was started.
Rafter 7S is located 30 miles north of Paxton, Nebraska, in the heart of the Nebraska Sandhills. It is in cattle country on a real working ranch. We work with my husband's parents. A common question I am asked is “Where does the name Rafter 7S come from?” The name "Rafter 7S" comes from our cattle brand. The brand was first registered by my husband's grandfather. The company consists of my husband, Dean, me(Sherri) and our children (Kate, Mara, and Clay).
Our specialty is pepper jelly. Have you ever tried pepper jelly? The most popular way to serve it is over cream cheese with crackers. It is also good mixed with sour cream and used as a dip, or as a relish with meats. Stir it in any salad for a little extra taste. View our recipe page for more ideas. Our pepper jellies are very unique. There are eight varieties available. Some are not found anywhere else. Check out the products page for the unusual varieties such as Strawberry Jalapeno and Holiday Habanero. The peppers used in our products are all grown locally. We hand pick only the finest peppers for our products.
Also try our wild fruit jellies and syrups. They are made with native Nebraska berries. We hand pick the wild fruit at peak ripeness for the best flavor. Many customers have stated that our wild plum and wild chokecherry jelly remind of the jellies that their grandma used to make for them. They now purchase it and give to their grandparents as gifts.
My jelly is made the old fashioned way, in small hand stirred batches. They contain no corn syrup or preservatives. The actual making of the jelly is done by my kids and me.
Give our jellies a try. Once you savor the down-home flavor, you will begin to imagine you are visiting us right here at the ranch!