Offering speciality foods since 2015
- ABOUT US -
The inspiration for Lee Esther's Premium Jams, Spreads and Savories had its origin well over 55 years ago when Lee Esther Marie Long began producing fruit jams, pies, cakes, and doughnuts for her husband, three children and mother-in-law. Mrs. Esther, as my friends called her, was born in 1923 in Lancaster County, South Carolina. She was the sixth of seven children. Not long after she was born, her parents moved to Kannapolis, NC. Mrs. Esther was a 1943 graduate of Carver High School, Kannapolis, N.C. She furthered her education by graduating from Bands Beauty College, Charlotte, N.C. in March of 1944. She also completed two years of study at Livingstone College in Salisbury, N.C. where she majored in Education. When children came, she tabled her education to be a stay at home mom to provide a warm, nurturing safe home until her children became school age. Although she remained home for several years, she was a business woman who worked from home supporting her young family. She was the proud owner and operator of Esther’s Beauty Shop located in the home. Mrs. Esther created many other in home businesses, for which she was fondly known for during the years. She was a travel - tourist agent, a pastry chef, and a seamstress making clothing and decorative bed covers.
As one of her three children, along with a number of nieces and nephews growing up in the Kannapolis and Landis, North Carolina area of Cabarrus and Rowan counties, we were blessed to be in a place loaded with plenty garden fresh produce, wild growing berries, and an abundance of natural growing fruit trees. At both my Grandmother's home and our home, there were wild cherry trees , red and yellow plum trees, red and yellow apple, pear, persimmon, and fig trees. As children, we always enjoyed the best tasting jams, jellies, pies or confections; and they all were made from scratch by mom. When it came down to certain fruit, breakfast, and desert items, as siblings we very spoiled. Our mother could make anything.
A few years before she passed, my mother told me what made her jams so special. When asked if there was any special secret to how she produced the many jams and jellies she made for us as children, her response was, "just love." So, on a "hunch," using her expertise and detailed instuction for fruit jams, I began sharing some of her jams by gifting them to neighbors, friends, and family at Christmas time. After many complements, returned empty jars with requests for refills, and words of encoragement, I felt it was time to share with the world what Lee Esther inspired.
In honor of my dear mother, LEML Enterprises was created in April, 2016 - the producer of Lee Esther's Premium Homemade Spreads. I hope you enjoy what she gave to us, and in doing so become one of many Lee Esther's Premium Homemade Spread supporters.