Megan Dulin’s family has been part of the Nampa community for more than a century. Her great-grandparents planted apple orchards in the Nampa area and taught local farmers how to turn the soil. Her grandmother, Joyce Chase, was a Canyon County commissioner. Upon retirement, Chase followed in her father’s steps and became a baker. She purchased a fudge machine from a shop in downtown Nampa and started selling fudge from her barn, which she named JC’s Fudge Cottage. Dulin now runs the business, which she renamed Meg’s Barnhouse
(329 N. Middleton Rd.) in 2014, selling sugary treats and handmade goods from community members like beard oil and sugar scrubs.
“We would like to keep it community centered, locally owned, family owned," Dulin said. "[The barn] has been in the family for over 100 years."
The 1890s barn has a cozy atmosphere, with vintage decorations and a display case with a variety of flavors of handmade fudge, ranging from Irish cream to milk chocolate, and fruity flavors like cherry cheesecake. Dulin’s fudge has a smooth texture, and is meltingly sweet without being overpowering. Although fudge is the company specialty, the Barnhouse also offers coffee, tea and other snacks.
“We're in the process of figuring out what to do to make the place a better area for the community," Dulin said. "We want to continue to grow with Nampa.”
Though her grandmother recently died, Dulin plans to keep the family legacy alive and continue to stock homemade fudge for Nampa families.