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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Beverly Ellen Schoonmaker Alfeld  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction Other

Born: in Accord, New York

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Illinois Connection

Beverly divides her time between Crystal Lake, Illinois; Accord, New York; and Chokoloskee Island, Florida.

Biographical and Professional Information

After twenty years of teaching art, science, and consumer education to elementary, high-school, college, and special-needs students, Alfeld retired from the classroom. She explored her entrepreneurial side as she ran a thirteen-acre organic farm and opened a farmers’ market in Crystal Lake, Illinois. During this time, she completed the school of instruction in food processing prescribed by the Food and Drug Administration. Alfeld then founded her company, Cook, Seal, and Process, and began marketing Jamlady products. She later authored She later authored her two books.Alfeld is a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and is the founder of the Donald L. Schoonmaker Scholarship Fund. She is a judge at the annual International Pickle Festival in Rosendale, New York, and is a contributing editor and columnist for Fruit Gardener magazine. Her column, “Jamming with Jamlady,” can be found in each issue. Alfeld is also a reader for Corwin Press, an education publisher.

Selected Titles At Your Library

The jamlady cookbook /
ISBN: 1589802357. OCLC Number:

Pelican Pub.,. Gretna :. 2004.

Resource guide for the canner, gardener, gourmet chef and health-conscious person and features more than four hundred recipes for jellies, jams, preserves, butters and other homemade products.

Pickles to relish /
ISBN: 1589804899. OCLC Number:

Pelican Pub. Co.,. Gretna, La. :. 2008.

This beautiful and informative cookbook by "The Jamlady" offers recipes for and details about making pickles, chutneys, and relishes. Canners, picklers, chefs, and gardeners will all find a wealth of information for pickling, curing, freezing, and canning delicious foods.

Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagement Availability: (Yes)

Contact Beverly through email at or by phone at 815-459-9518.