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!

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!

See You Next Year!

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 info@bluechairfruit.com, should they arise.

We hope everyone has a safe, delicious holiday and new year, and we can’t wait to see what 2011 brings!

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 info@bluechairfruit.com.

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!

Noe Valley Farmers’ Market!

Hi San Francisco! Guess what? We’ll be in your neck of the woods during the holiday season!

We will be returning to the Noe Valley Farmers’ Market for three days during the holiday season: Saturday November 20th, Saturday December 11th, and Saturday December 18th! This market is one of our absolute favorites, and we hope you will come by to say hello and let us help you with some holiday gift-giving ideas.

Thanks to the Noe Valley Farmers’ Market for helping us arrange these special visits. We can’t wait!