The Fort Bend Junior Service League (FBJSL) is proud to showcase a new vendor at the 2011 Sugar Plum Market: Nolan’s Sweet Heat. The proprietor is an entrepreneurial young man and Katy resident, Nolan Stilwell. Nolan has Downs Syndrome, and with the support of his mother Christine, he has created a very unique jalapeno jelly enterprise. Nolan’s Sweet Heat is a hot pepper jelly that was born out of Nolan’s love of gardening and cooking. He makes his batches weekly and sells his Sweet Heat at community events, local stores and through his Face Book page. “We are thrilled to be able to offer this opportunity to Nolan so that he can market his Sweet Heat to more members of the community. He is such a positive example for young entrepreneurs!” remarked Jana Baumann, Market co-chair.
Nolan’s Sweet Heat is an outcome of Fort Bend ARTreach’s “Within My Reach” program, the development of which was made possible in part by a grant from FBJSL’s Community Assistance Fund. ARTreach nominated Nolan as Volunteer of the Year, and he was recognized as one of the top five volunteers in Fort Bend County in 2011.
Over the past two years, Nolan has fine-tuned his craft as a culinary artist, and Sweet Heat has proven to be a productive endeavor that will help support Nolan in his future. At the same time, his success encourages families with transitioning special needs students that will soon be graduating from high school and are in need of life skills and opportunities outside the public school system.
The 2011 Sugar Plum Market, presented by Methodist Sugar Land Hospital, will be held Friday, November 4th from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Saturday, November 5th from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. General admission tickets are $10.00 and can be purchased online at www.sugarplummarket.com, at Fort Bend County Randalls stores, and at the door.