Market Flavors – January 29 & 30

Now that we’re in the heart of marmalade season, it feels like we have new marmalade flavors right and left. We’ll have our delicious Meyer Lemon-Blood Orange Marmalade with Rose Geranium from last week (our first of the season!) as well as a new Pink Grapefruit-Blood Orange Marmalade we made this week. We haven’t tired of our kitchen smelling of citrus yet, and we don’t think we will anytime soon!

All Markets (Grand Lake January 29 & Temescal January 30):

We hope you all will come by and taste some marmalade!

Jam Club January 2011

We are especially proud of the flavors we sent to our Jam Club members this month, so much so that we wanted to be sure to share them!

Our Jam Club members received one jar each of:

We’re working on our first batches of marmalade for the season, so we’re sure to have some very tasty flavors for February’s Jam Club recipients! If you would like to receive three different preserves every other month, you can sign up here and your membership will begin in February. This would be an especially sweet Valentine’s Day gift!

Market Flavors – January 15 & 16

Happy Friday! January is going well for BCF: we’re very much looking forward to replenishing our marmalade supply over the next few months. We’ve been scheming about citrus all week long!

Now, for this weekend’s farmers’ market flavors.

All Markets (Grand Lake 1/15 & Temescal 1/16):

Can’t wait to see you at the market this weekend!

Aaaand we’re back!

Happy New Year!! We’ve returned from our holiday festivities relaxed, restored… and ready to dive head (and mouth) first into marmalade season! Rumor has it that our first round of citrus is coming our way this week — oranges and kumquats, yum.

As we all bravely move forward through the coldest months of the year, Blue Chair Fruit would like to offer something that helps lighten the dreariest days: two newly released jam and marmalade flavors made at the height of summer!

Our Early Summer Peach Marmalade is a perennial favorite — clingstone peaches, thinly sliced lemon, and just a touch of almond extract combine to produce a heavenly marmalade. We think the light, sweet flavor of this marmalade, along with its delicate texture, will convert anyone who is late to the marmalade loving club. We like to spread this on our toast in the morning, close our eyes, and pretend it’s the beginning of summer.

For the jam contingent, we present our July Red Nectarine Jam with Candied Ginger. The flavor of this jam is unparalleled: sweet and bright, and full of what Rachel pronounced “the best nectarines she’d ever tasted.” We’ve added tiny pieces of candied ginger to this jam — scattered bites offer the warm bite of ginger to truly emulate the warmth of summer sun. With its smooth, luscious texture, this jam is perfect for just about anything: yogurt, pastries, scones…

Stay tuned as we crank out our favorite winter marmalades: lemon, orange, grapefruit, kumquat, bergamot…

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!

Market Flavors: 12/11 + 12/12

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):

We’ll also have signed copies of The Blue Chair Jam Cookbook for sale, with or without gift wrap!

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!

Market Flavors – 12/4 & 12/5

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):

We’ll also have some secret East Coast Blueberry Jam if you ask!

Gifts for the Jam and Marmalade Fanatic

We’ve covered how to convert your friend who’s on the fence about jam, but what to do for the friend who eats jam for breakfast every morning? Good thing we’re equally obsessed, and full of fun gift ideas! In fact, we wouldn’t mind receiving these items ourselves (hint, hint).

Perfect gifts for your friend who thinks they know everything about jam:

Picture a warm loaf of bread, spread with our assertive orange English Marmalade, topped with high-quality chocolate, all lightly toasted so the chocolate’s a bit melty and the marmalade flavors really sing. Yum. We love ChocoVivo — their dark chocolate with almonds and sea salt would be a particularly nice partner for any orange marmalade.

Of course, if one already has more jam than humanly possible to eat in a lifetime (and we’d seriously question even that limit), we have a fun gift suggestion: jam-and-toast soap. These cute soaps look real enough to eat, except the “jam” is translucent soap, and the “toast” is goat’s milk soap! A silly way to “sweeten up” your jam gift basket.

For your favorite PBJ aficionado, we recommend mixing it up with Massa Organics almond butter. Freshly made right here in the Bay area, this almond butter is truly delicious, and a great alternative to everyday peanut butter! We love this almond butter with our Damson Jam for a new take on an old standby.

Ok, so your friend eats a lot of jam, but is their jam accessorized? We didn’t think so. We love this chalkboard jam pot from Terrain — the perfect little container to use when serving a favorite jam flavor! Perfect for making breakfast time a little more special, or as a picture-perfect serving dish for afternoon tea.

If your friend is obsessed with Blue Chair Fruit:

Encourage your friend’s jam obsession by nudging them to make their own! The Blue Chair Jam Cookbook is the perfect resource for the fledgling jam-maker, with a thorough information section that ensures success. Once your friend learns to make their own preserves, they’ll enjoy the fruits of their labor for years to come!

Sometimes, you have to give people exactly what they want: a lot of jam. If you’re intimidated by all of our delicious jam and marmalade choices, we’ll do the hard work for you with our Jam Club! Members receive one jar each of three of our most exciting flavors every other month; this is the perfect way to provide your friend with some of the best jam and marmalade in the country!

Coming next week: gift ideas for the jam- or marmalade-maker in your life!

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.
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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!

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Stay tuned for Part Two: Gifts for the Jam & Marmalade Fanatic, as well as Part Three: Gifts for the Jam-Maker in Your Life!