Welcome to the website for “Jane’s Sweet Potato Biscuits”! Since the fall of 2005, I have been baking biscuits in the kitchen of my 1920’s southeastern Virginia home. When I began this little venture, I had never made a sweet potato biscuit and had eaten only one.
So how did I get started in the business of making sweet potato biscuits? At the time, my son was attending Wake Forest University, and I felt the need to bring in additional income to our family. I was employed as organist/choirmaster for the local Episcopal Church, and Dan, the owner of a local Bed & Breakfast, was a member of my choir. I asked him if he ever needed cookies or cakes for the holiday season, and his reply was, “No, but I do need a good source for sweet potato biscuits. Have you ever made them?” I told him that I hadn’t but was sure that I could learn.
After researching on-line, I came up with a basic recipe, and over the next five to six weeks Dan and I perfected it. I would frequently make a batch to test on the choir, and he always suggested little changes, to the point that I was ready to give up! Finally, I hit upon the right balance of spices and he was pleased. He began serving the biscuits at parties during the Christmas season and was constantly telling me how much people loved them. Soon, he began urging me to sell my biscuits and even talked with the owner of a local gift/gourmet shop about carrying them.
After hearing that the shop owner was enthusiastic, I was convinced that maybe there was a market for them. The rest, as they say, is history. That shop owner was my first vendor and now even includes the biscuits in the store’s mail-order catalog.
In the spring of 2006 my husband, who is my “Vice President in charge of whatever I need him to do” and I went to a trade show sponsored by the Virginia Department of Agriculture. The response there to my biscuits was overwhelming and led to a “Virginia’s Finest” distinction. They are now sold at select shops throughout the state and by catalog, throughout the country.
In the fall of 2011, thanks to a private investor, we were able to move into a 1200 square foot commercial location in downtown Franklin. That move allowed us to expand our product line to include cheese biscuits. It has also allowed us to greatly increase our customer base.
I hope that when you try my biscuits you will love them as much as my friends and neighbors do. The sweet potato biscuits are truly a moist, delicious version of a southern tradition, which pair wonderfully with fine Virginia country ham and are perfect for any occasion. The cheese biscuits are made with two aged Vermont cheddars and pair well with soups, salads, and fresh tomatoes.