Graduates of St. Mary’s of Notre Dame and Michigan State University (MSU), Sarah and Jay Jollay are the new Educated Farmers. They have transformed Jollay Orchards, a 7th generation family farm, into a sustainable year-round business through innovation, creativity and social conscience.
Sarah’s formation of Bainbridge Beverage Company grew out of the wholesaling of cider to local farmers markets, stores and national chains including Whole Foods through their sister company, Grandpa’s Cider Mill. Bainbridge Beverage now juices, blends and bottles fresh vegetables and fruits for many companies from start up through national distribution. Cold Pressure HPP processing is managed through their partner, American Pasteurization Company.
About Sarah Jollay
Sarah Jollay has been named one of the business leaders in Western Michigan promoting business development in the area. Sarah is also one of several members of Michigan Agri-Women and has been honored by many other organizations for her entrepreneurial skills and community involvement:
- SBA Michigan 50 Companies to Watch 2013
- EY Entrepreneur of the Year Finalist 2013
- Enterprising Woman of the Year 2017
- Corp Magazine Food & Agriculture Award Winner 2012
- Cornerstone Alliance Steward Award (Berrien County, MI)