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E. Waldo Ward

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Four generations of Wards have brought you the finest in gourmet jams, jellies, marmalades and so much more. And now we'd like to share our tradition with your family. We make all of our products in our own kitchens to assure you the finest quality possible. So enjoy your shopping experience and let us know your thoughts.

We make a Wistaria Jelly from the finest ingredients possible. The sweet jelly was created for Sierra Madre, California's annual Wistaria Festival. Sierra Madre has the world's largest wistaria vine and March is the time of the year when the blooms are at full color. Taste the vine for yourself with our wonderful jelly. For a limited time only so stock up. Only $3.50!

Our delicious products make terrific gifts, especially for your relatives who live far away. We feature individual items, or specially prepared gift baskets and gift boxes.  We will enclose a gift card (during checkout at our website,, you will be given an opportunity to fill out a gift card). For multiple gifts, it is best to set up an online account (see our shipping page).

Carrying on the E. Waldo Ward tradition  today are Richard Ward, the third generation, and Jeff Ward, the fourth.

In 1995, opened its virtual doors offering the finest jams, jellies, and other products all made by E. Waldo Ward & Son. But, our history goes back to 1891, when Edwin Waldo Ward, Sr. came to Sierra Madre, California to pursue his dream. Today, you can shop 24 hours a day and learn about new and exciting products, find recipes and exchange information.

We are actively involved in our community and take pride in our participation in the annual Sierra Madre Pioneer Days.  Here are links to photos and videos from some of the Pioneer Days events that have taken place at the Ward's Ranch over the last few years.

2007 E. Waldo Ward and Son

Open House

2004 E. Waldo Ward and Son

Open House

2003 E. Waldo Ward & Son

Open House

2000 E. Waldo Ward and Son

Open House

1999 E. Waldo Ward and Son

Open House


Back in 1891, a man named Edwin Waldo Ward Sr. moved to Sierra Madre, California with a dream. He first purchased 10 acres of land from the town's founder, Nathaniel Carter, and planted the land with Navel oranges. He acquired 20 more acres a few years later totaling 30 acres of land. At the time, he was a salesman for James P. Smith & Co., a New York importer of luxury foods. Ward became the company's western representative. He married in 1900 and built the beautiful home and the red barn on Highland Avenue in 1902. Both buildings are still used today.

Edwin Waldo Ward, Sr. with Jr. around 1903
The two original trees from Seville, Spain - circa 1900Ward certainly knew the fine-food business and made important contacts over the years. And these were all advantages in later years when he started his business. His dream was to make English style marmalade. An English friend was traveling to Spain and Ward gave him money to purchase two trees of the special variety of the orange tree that was needed. These trees arrived in America and became the grafting stock for a grove that numbered over 600 trees. Those two trees thrive today, however, they are no longer on Ward land. The Ward ranch is around 2.5 acres today.

Ward's big dream was to produce his own marmalade here on the ranch. In 1915 he retired as a salesman and for three years experimented with marmalade making. By 1918, satisfied he had the recipe he was seeking, he began his preserving business.

The business thrived, and for years, when dining was a fine experience on trains crossing America, Ward's marmalade was the only one served on several trains. WWI also cut off food imports from overseas and Ward was ready to supply the market here. Other products have been added since then and today, marmalade is only 10% of the fine foods we produce.
The Ward home built in 1902 and still used by the family today.

Behind the home, barely visible from the street, is the Ward canning factory building. Today, about 10 to 15 people are employed. Many are long-time employees. But the company will always remain small in order to preserve the high quality which is the Ward standard.

Our products are made using the best ingredients and methods possible. For example, we use only pure cane sugar, not corn syrup as in most jams. This gives the best flavor. We sell only the finest imported olive oil, from the first pressing of the olives. And our marmalades are still made directly from fresh citrus (not canned peel).

Carrying on this idea of "the best" today is Richard Ward, the third generation, and Jeff Ward, the fourth. We hope you enjoy our web site and please let us know what you think.

The red barn built in 1902 and still used today.

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