Don’t Forget About Dad!

Father’s Day is sneaking up: Sunday, June 17!

Lucky for you, we’ve wrangled together our favorite jams for your dear ol’ dad.

Rhubarb Jam, Orange-Anise Marmalade, and Provencale Tomato-White Nectarine Jam. Yum!

Click here to order a Father’s Day gift set!

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!

A Bourbon’d Father’s Day

Here’s what your dad wants for Father’s Day: Jam. And marmalade. And bourbon.

Our Father’s Day Bourbon Two-Pack is just the ticket! This power combo of our Spiced Bourbon-Tomato Conserve and Bourbon’d Lemon Marmalade offers the manliest preserves we have. Talk about a killer breakfast!

Why give your dad a tie or power tools when you can give the gift of tasty food? Our Spiced-Bourbon Tomato Conserve is the secret ingredient for an awesome grilled cheese or BLT, and Bourbon’d Lemon Marmalade is like a whiskey sour, but better because it spreads on toast!

We can guarantee Father’s Day delivery if we receive your order by 3PM PST this Wednesday, June 13, when you select USPS Priority shipping!

Is your dad a true jam fiend? He might like: A 6-Month Jam Club membership, our Marmalade Lover’s Gift Pack, or a Mauviel copper jam pan to make his own preserves!

Jam Club for Mom

We’re still offering our Mother’s Day gift packs, but we know you may want to give your mom something even more special that she can continue enjoy through the year!

Our Jam Club is the perfect gift for your Mom! We’ll send her one jar each of three of our favorite flavors in every shipment; you can gift her 6 months of preserves (3 shipments total) or a whole year of jam and marmalade (6 shipments total)! Note her email address in your gift message upon checkout and we’ll be sure to notify her — by Mother’s Day — of your generous gift!

Our last shipment was one jar each of: Strawberry-Rose Jam, Seven-Citrus Marmalade, and Orange-Kumquat Marmalade with Cardamom. We frequently send flavors in the Jam Club that are not available on our website, so this is the best way to ensure your mother gets the best preserves we have to offer. Read more about our Jam Club options here!

Holiday Gift Packs and Shipping Deadlines!

Still searching for the perfect holiday present or hostess gift? We have the perfect suggestion!

Our Gift-Wrapped Jam Three-Pack is the perfect last-minute gift for anyone on your list. This box comes wrapped in our signature Blue Chair Fruit wrapping paper; nestled inside are one jar each of three of our favorite and most popular preserves flavors:

  • Black Plum Jam with Candied Citrus & Bay
  • Sour Orange & Lemon Marmalade
  • Spiced Bourbon-Tomato Conserve

How perfect would one of these look under the tree with a little bow? Each 3-pack is $34 and ships out Priority Mail.

And remember, Christmas quickly approaches; we can guarantee Christmas delivery for all orders placed by Tuesday, December 21 at 12pm PST. We’re always happy to ship after this shipping deadline, as well as arrange overnight delivery — but again, no guarantees after this time!

Gifts for the Jam-Maker in Your Life

We’ve already covered gifts to convert the casual jam lover, as well as gifts to delight a jam fanatic. What to do if your gift recipient makes jam and marmalade? While we think that those who make jam or marmalade are always curious to try new jam flavors, there’s something to be said for catering to your friend’s favorite hobby.

Gifts that are perfect for that special someone who makes jam or marmalade:

We love this Nikki McClure print — it’s a main feature in our office decor! While we love all of Nikki McClure’s beautiful pieces make of hand-cut paper silhouettes, this “process” poster print is a natural choice for jamming and fruit enthusiasts. We think its clean aesthetic and bold, simple colors make it a perfect addition to any canner’s kitchen.

Of course, it’s impossible to love making jam and marmalade without loving Mason jars. Mason jar hand-printed shirts from Etsy seller beryllynn come in vivid pink and green color options, and are printed on soft, high-quality shirts. We love paying homage to our favorite hobby with our wardrobe!

If your friend loves making jam, it’s likely that they have a few jars set aside to give as gifts. We think these “Happy Homey Holidays” letterpress cards from Egg Press are perfect to write a note to go with jam gifts or send out as holiday greetings! They’d also be perfect to frame and enjoy year-round.

Designed and made exclusively for us by our friend Anne Kimball, the Blue Chair Fruit apron is both flattering and functional. Roomy pockets accommodate multiple kitchen utensils, and vertical stripes and cap sleeves assist jammers in looking adorable while making out-of-this-world preserves. We really adore these aprons!

If you’re feeling especially indulgent this holiday season, we’d like to recommend:

Our jam and marmalade classes are truly the best way to take your preserving skills to the next level — Rachel’s teaching focus is on enabling students to create their perfect jam or marmalade at home. We currently have dates for Marmalade Making 101; should your gift recipient prefer to learn the fine art of making jam, we recommend a gift certificate for the cost of one class, to be redeemed in jam season!

The best way to make perfect jam is to use the perfect tools. We are crazy about Mauviel copper preserving pans — they’re all we use in our kitchen! We are currently ordering these pans and are happy to take pre-orders. While we cannot guarantee Christmas delivery, this is one gift worth waiting for! For more information or to place a pre-order, please email

Happy holidays! Don’t forget, we’ll have all of the Blue Chair Fruit products featured above — and more! — at our holiday party next Tuesday, December 14th!

Gifts for the Casual Jam-Lover

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!