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Location:
Crown Point
Phone:
(219) 213-0856
Medium:
Handcrafted Marshmallows
Availability:
Mescolare, Crown Point;
Pie Eyed Café, Whiting;
Indiana Visitors Center, Hammond;
NW Indiana Farmers Markets and Pop Up Markets;
Charcuterie, Griffith
FEATURED WORK
Jayme Goffin,
Mother Wilma’s Marshmallow Factory

When I found out you could MAKE a marshmallow, I had to know how. It’s just how I’m wired. I have a thirst for knowing how to do things.

Jayme Goffin does it all. An atypical artist, she has loomed rugs, made baskets and brooms, and owned and ran a folk art business in the 1990’s doing woodcrafts. She migrated from art to foods and became a Purdue University Master Gardener, then mastered pie crusts and bread making.

Originally from the southeastern-most point of Chicago, right next to Whiting, she moved to Crown Point in 1988 and restored a farmhouse originally built in 1869. Doing it all on that farm, she says, “We have a few acres where I garden extensively, keep chickens and bees – and revel in the simple lifestyle.”

Then curiosity again caught up with her. “When I found out you could MAKE a marshmallow – I had to know how. It’s just how I’m wired. I have a thirst for knowing how to do things,” she said. And today she does it all at Mother Wilma’s, her marshmallow company. “I personally make each and every marshmallow – and cut each and every marshmallow – AND package each marshmallow,” she said. “I personally sell each marshmallow too!”

She doesn’t have to say it because, when you meet Jayme, you know she “loves being a part of the process from measuring the sugar into the pot – all the way to smiling and saying ‘thank you’ at the purchase point. It’s so satisfying. It feels honest and good.” And that’s how Jayme comes across.

She has been making marshmallows for as long as she can remember, opening her business officially in November, 2014, after “needing something to soothe my empty nest syndrome,” as she puts it.

Jayme describes herself as always having been a lover of handcrafting things. “I’ve made everything I can think of,” she says. “So many things inspire me – the faces of my friends, family and customers when they bite into a new creation, the blank slate that marshmallows are inspires me to create new flavors. I’m always searching flavor profiles. I love taking simple ingredients and creating something unique and delicious.”

Taking advantage of as many local ingredients as possible – Hoosier fruits, vegetables, etc., Jayme says her work’s link to Indiana goes deeper, that it’s more than just ingredients. “It’s good, old fashioned sensibility,” she says of her product, as well as of her business sense. “It’s hard work, honesty, hometown values. It’s treating others how you want to be treated. It’s how I build my life, too,” she said.

The only thing Jayme isn’t definite about is Indiana Artisan. Asked why she applied, she said, “Honestly, I’m not entirely sure.” Smiling, she said, “One part of me wanted to see if my marshmallows were as terrific as everyone was telling me they were! The other part wondered if my work was worth the recognition.” Clearly ‘yes’ is the answer to both questions.

Jayme says, “Being an Indiana Artisan inspires me to continue reaching for excellence. I feel humbled and proud at the same time. It inspires me to continue learning, to continue experimenting and reaching for excellence.” Without question, Jayme does it all.