Would you like an in-depth look at end-of-the-year fruits, and an opportunity to make gifts for family and friends? Rachel Saunders’
four three-week class at San Francisco’s State Bird Provisions takes you through 8 6 different jams from start to finish. Don’t miss this very special opportunity to delve into jam with one of the country’s foremost jam experts, just before the holidays!
Dates and times: 11/18, 12/2 canceled due to family emergency, 12/9, and 12/16; 10am – noon. Classes are mainly demo-style, but may incorporate a small amount of hands-on work. We recommend signing up for the whole series as classes build upon each other, but you may sign up for individual classes if you prefer.
Location: State Bird Provisions 1529 Fillmore St., between Geary & O’Farrell, San Francisco (Phone: 415-795-1272)
Cost and materials: $105 per class or
$385 for the series $290 for 3-class series excluding 12/2 date. Students each take home 2 jars of jam per class, plus handouts from each class session. Snacks and tea/coffee provided.
Day 1: Cranberry Conserves (11/18): Just in time for the holidays, we’ll make 2 cranberry-apple jams: one plain, one fancy. Learn the difference between a jam and a conserve, the unique physical characteristics of cranberries and how they affect the cooking process, jam-making basics, and how to transform a jam into a conserve.
Day 2: Quince Jelly & Marmalade (12/2) Canceled due to family emergency In this class, Rachel takes you through the jelly-making process from start to finish, with a special focus on how to transform quince jelly into quince marmalade. We’ll make sure to cover tips and secrets to jelly-setting success, and the unique characteristics of quince.
Day 3: Holiday Fruit Butter (12/9): Learn what fruit butter is and how it is made, which fruits are most suitable for fruit butter, and how to cook yours to perfection. Special focus will be placed on dealing with high-pectin fruits, adding spices and flavorings to fruit butters, and how cooking a fruit butter differs from cooking jam.
Day 4: Flavor Construction with December Citrus (12/16): Our final class of the year brings jam to its ultimate conclusion by adding secondary fruits and accent flavors. Learn how to integrate citrus fruits into jams and how to build a complex jam using a simple base recipe. We’ll have a full range of liqueurs and spices available, so you can express your creativity through jam!
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:
- Maria Schoettler makes our favorite 2012 calendars!
- Homeroom, because nothing says “I love you” like mac ‘n’ cheese
- Leafcutter Designs for whimsical, one-of-a-kind stocking stuffers
- Rancho Gordo Beans has black-eyed peas for a Southern New Year’s feast
- Starter Bakery‘s Kouign Amann + Christmas morning = perfection
- Fox & Moon Tea brings our tea-loving hearts to song
- Oaktown Spice Shop for baking and gift-giving alike
- Happy Girl Kitchen fills all your pickle cravings
- Heath Ceramics for special ceramic kitchen wares
- Katz & Company‘s vinegars are truly swoon-worthy
- Boccalone makes some of our favorite charcuterie, yum!
Have fun, and happy holidays!
Thank you for a fantastic year, Blue Chair Fruit fans. We can’t believe how much happened in 2010 — expanding the BCF team, the release of The Blue Chair Jam Cookbook, and even more jam fans than when we started the year!
We’re taking a bit of a breather to celebrate the holidays with our families. As such, Blue Chair Fruit will be effectively closed from Friday, December 24 until Friday, January 7. Our first farmers’ markets after our holiday will be January 8 & 9. All orders placed during this time will ship on Monday, January 10, including Jam Club shipments. Please feel free to email questions to firstname.lastname@example.org, should they arise.
We hope everyone has a safe, delicious holiday and new year, and we can’t wait to see what 2011 brings!
We can hardly believe how quickly December is going — Hanukkah’s already behind us, and there are only two weekends until Christmas. Of course, we’re particularly excited about our holiday party this Tuesday (12/14) as well!
Don’t forget, this weekend is extra special because we’ll be at the Noe Valley Farmers’ Market on Saturday, as well as the Kensington Farmers’ Market on Sunday! We’ll have lots of extra jam with us for your holiday entertaining and gifting needs.
All Markets (Noe Valley + Grand Lake 12/11, Temescal + Kensington 12/12):
- East Coast Blueberry Jam
- Early Girl Tomato Marmalade
- Cranberry Jam with Pluot & Vanilla
- Lemon-Lime Marmalade with Orange
- Adriatic Fig & Candied Ginger Jam
- Orange Pucker Citron Marmalade
- Damson Plum Jam
- English Marmalade
- Spiced Bourbon-Tomato Conserve
We’ll also have signed copies of The Blue Chair Jam Cookbook for sale, with or without gift wrap!
Welcome to Friday, and Happy Hanukkah! We have some great flavors for you this weekend! Please note that, in addition to our usual Oakland markets, we will also be at the Kensington farmers’ market on Sunday from 10am-2pm. See you there!
All Markets (Grand Lake 12/4, Temescal & Kensington 12/5):
- Black & Blueberry Jam
- English Marmalade
- Fig Conserve with Candied Orange & Allspice
- Early Girl Tomato Marmalade
- Mariposa Plum Jam
- Lemon Marmalade or Silver Three-Fruit Marmalade
- Thanksgiving Cranberry Sauce
- English Three-Fruit Marmalade
- Apricot & Dolly Plum Jam
- Spiced Bourbon-Tomato Conserve
We’ll also have some secret East Coast Blueberry Jam if you ask!
The holidays are upon us, and we’d be lying if we claimed to not be excited. We’ve lovingly created a few little gift guides for you centered around jam and marmalade.
Perfect gifts for your friend who thinks jam is pretty cool, but isn’t obsessed — yet:
While we think all of our preserves are exceptional and each has its own unique application, there are some flavors that we particularly love to give as gifts. Our East Coast Blueberry Jam is perfect for someone with an unabashed sweet tooth — it’s exceptional on toast, and we find it delightful stirred in with yogurt.
We can think of no better gift for a marmalade-lover than our traditional English Marmalade. Full of thick-cut Seville oranges and spiced with bourbon and anise, this preserve exemplifies traditional marmalade at its best. For those who can never find a marmalade bitter enough, this is the perfect gift.
But, of course, there’s a big range between sweet jam and bitter marmalade. Some of our other favorite flavors to give as gifts are our Black Mission Fig Jam (perfect with cheese), Lemon-Lime Marmalade with Orange (known to convert the formerly marmalade-averse), Damson Jam (hello, PBJ sandwich!), and Early Girl Tomato Marmalade (a more adventurous choice).
A little something extra to make your gift of jam or marmalade even more enjoyable:
Few foods complement jam or marmalade better than really delicious cheese. We love Cowgirl Creamery, and their signature cheese gift pack is a perfect partner for any of our jams. Our Spiced Bourbon-Tomato Conserve would be especially good with their seasonal pepper-encrusted Devil’s Gulch cheese!
What would morning jam and toast time be without tea? Rachel is a big-time black tea devotee, and one of her favorites is Kusmi’s Troika tea. We think this is the perfect gift to let loved ones know that you think they deserve a little extra time in the morning to enjoy a delicious breakfast and a warm cup of tea!
We also love do-it-yourself gifts for the holidays. Home-made English muffins are a sweet accompaniment to a jar or two of jam! Add a bit of decorative packaging and a hand-written note to your yummy baked goods for a truly thoughtful gift that’s also easy on your wallet.
And if you’re feeling indecisive:
We always offer Blue Chair Fruit gift certificates. These are redeemable online or at our farmers’ markets, and enable the recipient to choose any flavors their heart desires!
Stay tuned for Part Two: Gifts for the Jam & Marmalade Fanatic, as well as Part Three: Gifts for the Jam-Maker in Your Life!
Black Fig Jam with Almond, Citron, & Clove; Concord Grape & Damson Jam; Early Girl Tomato & Damson Jam; Strawberry-Marsala Jam with Rosemary; Apricot Jam with Candied Yuzu & Bay; Lemon & Pink Grapefruit Marmalade; Seville Orange Marmalade with Vanilla & Muscovado; and Bergamot Marmalade. They make perfect gifts!!