homegrown, handcrafted hesternopothia

Charlottesville, Virginia · 17 Sales


homegrown, handcrafted hesternopothia

Charlottesville, Virginia 17 Sales On Etsy since 2012

0 out of 5 stars

HighlandsHomestead is taking a short break

Jessalyn F

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Jessalyn F


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Anonymous on Jun 23, 2013

5 out of 5 stars

Love this! Jessalyn was great to work with and makes great products.

Anonymous on Apr 22, 2013

5 out of 5 stars

Delicious jam and adorable idea. Jessalyn was great to work with; will purchase from her again.

Anonymous on Apr 22, 2013

5 out of 5 stars

GREAT seller! Fast shipping and quick to answer questions. Plus, the soap smells amazing. Will definitely be buying from this shop again :)

Anonymous on Apr 3, 2013

5 out of 5 stars

Good stuff!

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Courageously pursuing creative projects that bring joy.

I taught myself to can because I wanted to give homemade jam as favors to our wedding guests. 40 pounds of strawberries and 13 cases of jam jars later, I discovered that I can can, and was eager to explore even more do-it-myself projects.

Over time, and as my husband and I settled into our house and our new lives together, that interest grew into a passion to take more ownership over not just the food that we eat, but other products as well.

I felt empowered, radical, and creatively stimulated. This shop is the product of the joy I have found in having the courage to do what I love.

Special thanks to Jenni Gabriela Photography for some of our product photos (http://www.jennigabriela.com/).

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Shop members

  • Jessalyn

    Owner, Maker, Gardener, Food Enthusiast

    Hi! I'm Jessalyn. That's my husband, Alex. Together we maintain a humble plot of land in central Virginia, growing veggies, fruits, and herbs, and embracing DIY projects. This shop is the creative outlet for some of our favorite efforts.

Shop policies

Last updated on January 1, 2014
Well, hello and welcome! Thanks for stopping by.

Highlands Homestead is a small, suburban plot of Virginia land where radical homemaking rekindles hesternopothia (n., pathological yearning for the good ol' days). Traditional skills like canning and soap-making are given new life by a young homeowner determined to keep things simple, sustainable, healthy, and hip.

There is something homegrown in each of our handcrafted products.
We use organic gardening practices in growing our produce and herbs, or source from local VA farms who do the same.
We use collected (and sterilized) rainwater in our skincare products whenever possible.
We prepare products in small batches. There may be some slight variation in product due to handcrafted nature.

As the homestead grows and thrives, the shop will continue to grow and change based on productivity, variety, and season. I reserve the right to update any of my shop policies at any time. Thank you for your understanding.

Accepted payment methods

  • Pay with Visa
  • Pay with Master Card
  • Pay with American Express
  • Pay with Discover
  • Pay with PayPal
Payment is due at the time order is placed.

I currently only accept PayPal.
I ship twice a week, currently only to US addresses, with some exceptions.
Rush orders are available upon request at an extra charge.
Refunds and Exchanges
I stand behind my products 100%. If you are not satisfied with your purchase, I will be happy to replace it or refund your money.

I will not accept returns on...
- jam (or other food products) whose jar lid has been opened to break the seal
- soap that has been removed from its packaging and/or used
...but I can offer another product or a refund.
Additional policies and FAQs
I am happy to work with you to provide custom products for your event. Please allow ample time to insure availability of ingredients/materials and an enjoyable design experience. Message me for details.

Some products are available for wholesale or consignment opportunities in qualifying contexts. Please message me if you are interested in establishing a wholesale/consignment relationship.