A Blue Chair Fruit Valentine!

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner — and we’ve gathered our tastiest preserves and favorite lovey-dovey fruit puns into a thoughtful and whimsical Valentine’s Day Trio!

Also included to sweeten the deal is a Valentine’s Day book-card, “The Fruits of Our Love,” hand designed by Blue Chair Fruit’s Kate! This little card elucidates your love for your Valentine, employing romantic fruit witticisms highlighting each included flavor, of course! Each Valentine’s Day Trio arrives with this card in its own red envelope, tied on with a blue bow; we’ve even stamped a petite red heart onto our signature blue chair wrapping paper.

Happy Valentine’s Day from the Blue Chair Fruit team!

New Summery Flavors!

Alright, time for us to fess up: We’ve been a bit sneaky and squirreled away two of our favorite summer flavors to enjoy during the winter. Curious about what they are?

New Flavor: Apricot-Orange Jam

Our thoroughly luscious Apricot-Orange Jam, full of this beloved summer fruit, finds its effervescent sunny flavor highlighted by slender slices of orange rind. A true delight on toast or in a PBJ, or used as a pork glaze if you’re feeling intrepid.

New Flavor: White Cherry Marmalade

Yowza, eating this marmalade is like tossing a handful of confetti into your morning! Our White Cherry Marmalade is full of itty bitty lemon rinds, which contrast beautifully with the rotund whole cherries throughout. A dash of almond extract accentuates the springy, warm flavor of this summer marmalade!

Bring Apricot-Orange Jam and White Cherry Marmalade home!

Wishing You a Sweet New Year!

January finds itself steeped in resolutions — hopes, wishes, prohibitions in search of self-improvement. But we’d like to recommend a different take on the New Year’s resolution: investing in a better morning, committing to starting each day on the right foot. With jam.

Our Jam Club offers a simple solution to the plague of dull mornings: 3 jars of jam, one jar each of our newest and most-loved flavors, every other month. With a 12-month membership, you could bribe yourself out of bed every day of 2012! Of course, we also offer a 6-month membership, which will still give you 9 different flavors to start the year off right!

Plus, if you purchase a 12-month Jam Club membership by the end of January, we’ll give you a FREE additional flavor with your first shipment — just enter NEWYEAR upon checkout!

A year full of the finest California fruit; what could be better?

Envious of our calendar? Purchase a Maria Schoettler calendar here!

Happy Holidays, and Thanks!

Thanks for such a great year, friends, and happy holidays!

Blue Chair Fruit will be CLOSED for two weeks beginning on 12/24/11. We will be at the Grand Lake farmers’ market on 12/24 and the Temescal market on 1/8. Our team will be back in the office beginning on January 9, 2012; all online orders placed between now and then will be processed when we return.

Photo by Stephanie Shih

In the meantime, we recommend a proper start to 2012 for you and your loved ones — with a year-long Jam Club subscription for a sweet year! What better way to enjoy the year than 3 of our newest flavors every other month? Sign up now and we’ll start your Jam Club in January. Yum!

Holiday Shipping Update

We will be processing online orders through December 23.
All orders received by 3pm PST on 12/23 will ship out that day.

Last days for various shipping services we offer IF you want Christmas delivery:
FedEx Ground can no longer guarantee Christmas delivery.
FedEx Home Delivery: Monday 12/19
USPS First Class: Tuesday 12/20
FedEx Express Saver: Tuesday 12/20
USPS Priority: Wednesday 12/21
FedEx 2Day + FedEx 2Day AM: Wednesday 12/21
FedEx Overnight: Thursday 12/22

Gift certificates ship USPS First Class.
Jam Pan Shipping is via FedEx Home Delivery, with expedited shipping options.
Jam Club orders received by 12/20 will begin December 2011 unless otherwise specified.
All other Blue Chair Fruit items should have multiple shipping options available.

Of course, we will still process any and all orders received by 3pm PST on 12/23 (before we close for the holidays), though we can’t guarantee Christmas delivery after the above dates for each service. And, again, service delays such as weather are entirely out of our control.

Blue Chair Fruit WILL be closed 12/24/2011 – 1/8/2012; all orders received during this time will be processed ASAP on Monday 1/9/2012 when we return!

Thanks, and Happy Holidays!

Buy Local, Buy Handmade

Of course, as a small independent business we feel compelled to encourage you to support other local, independent, handmade businesses! You’ll get a unique gift to give, keep money in your community, and enable people who do exceptional work to keep doing what they do best — creating things.

Here’s a list of small, artisan, and/or local businesses we love and will be supporting this holiday season:

Lovely Bay Area bookstores we think you should support: Laurel BookstorePegasus BooksBooksmithOmnivore BooksMoe’s Books

Have fun, and happy holidays!

Celebrate The Holidays With Us!

Give the Gift of Jam!

With the holidays upon us, we’d love to recommend the perfect gift: a membership to the Blue Chair Fruit Jam Club!

Members of the Jam Club receive shipments of 3 surprise flavors every other month; these flavors are frequently brand-new flavors not yet available to the public or small batches that may never show up anywhere else!

Last month’s Jam Club members received one jar each of: Provencale Tomato-White Nectarine Jam, Rosemary-Damson Jam, Blood Orange-Chestnut Honey Marmalade with Rosemary.

Whether you’re not sure which flavors to pick for your loved one or you know they have a voracious appetite for jam, our Jam Club is sure to please! Sign up for the Jam Club here.

A Thanksgiving Jam Recipe!

Thanksgiving is upon us, and our Thanksgiving Jam 2-Pack will add a festive touch to your feast! With one jar of our Cranberry-Pluot Jam and one jar of our Rosemary-Damson Jam, this 2-pack enriches your favorite Thanksgiving foods, from turkey to pumpkin pie to greens.

We recently called on our Twitter community to share their favorite ways to enjoy our Thanksgiving flavors — and boy, did they deliver! From incorporating cranberry jam into stuffing to smearing it on a leftover turkey sandwich, the ideas had us salivating.

There was one suggestion, however, that really intrigued our palates; Suz (Twitter @suzhowells) squished her recipe down to 140 characters: “Toss acorn squash wedges w/melted Cranberry jam, minced red chili & garlic, S&P. Roast @450, 25 min.” We sent her our Thanksgiving Jam 2-Pack straightaway, and she sent us the full recipe:

Jam-Glazed Acorn Squash

Preheat oven to 450.

Sweat 1-2 cloves of finely minced garlic in 1T olive oil over low heat until fragrant & translucent.  Add one minced red serrano, kung pao or thai chili.  Add 1/3 -1/2 C jam (I’m thinking the Rosemary Damson would be awesome.  I’ve used your Bergamot for this in the past). Heat until jam melts and blends with garlic & chili.

Wash, seed and slice 1-2 acorn squash into wedges. Put in bowl with warm jam mixture.  Toss until all the pieces are coated, place in a single layer on a 1/2 sheet lined with parchment. Salt & pepper generously.  Roast for about 25 minutes, or until squash is fork tender and carmelized.

Caution: This is addictive!

YUM. Thanks, Suz! Anyone else have a unique way to use our jams for Thanksgiving? Get your own Thanksgiving Jam 2-Pack now!

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