What Makes Fall Fruit Special?

Hello, Everybody! Rachel here. I have been doing a lot of book tour stuff recently, meeting so many wonderful people around the country, and one thing everyone always asks me is: What is my favorite jam flavor? While my favorite flavor changes all the time and generally tends to be the one I just pulled from the stove, I can definitely speak to my favorite season for preserving: Fall!


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The Blue Chair Jam Cookbook Goes On Tour!

Wow! We woke up a little more excited than usual this morning — our first book tour event is NEXT WEEK. It seems like time is just flying by, and something tells us it’s only going to get faster.

We’re looking forward to a fabulous lineup of events centered around Rachel and the cookbook. It’s a jam-packed (ha!) whirlwind of a tour, and here’s a list of our San Francisco Bay Area events:

  • Sept. 22, 7:30 pmBooksmith: 1644 Haight St., San Francisco, CA 94117
  • Sept. 23, 7-9 pm18 Reasons: 593 Guerrero Street, San Francisco, CA 94110
  • Sept. 24, 5-9 pmMaison d’Etre: 5640 College Avenue, Oakland, CA
  • Sept. 25, 10 am-1pmThe Gardener: Ferry Building, San Francisco, CA 94111
  • Sept. 25, 3 pmOmnivore Books: 3885 Cesar Chavez St, San Francisco, CA 94131
  • Sept. 26, Time TBD, Rockridge Out & About Festival: College Avenue, Berkeley, CA

We’ve also got some great events planned in Seattle, and quite a few stops on the East Coast! For more information, please check out our Where to Find Us page.

These events are the perfect way to hear the backstory on TBCJC, meet Rachel in person, get your book signed, and, of course, support your favorite local independent bookstore. If you don’t have a copy of the cookbook yet, it can be purchased here, or at the event of your choice.

Here’s to exciting jam and cookbook talks!

Come Jam With Us!

Did you know that Blue Chair Fruit offers jam and marmalade classes? Over the past few months, we’ve started offering classes at our kitchen, and we’re loving the opportunity to connect with fellow jam-lovers. Nothing makes Rachel happier than having one of her students come to the markets to enthusiastically show her their latest jam creation!

These classes have been filling up quickly, especially  now that we’re getting into the heart of preserve-making season. We keep the classes at around seven people so that every student gets a lot of hands-on experience and the opportunity to ask Rachel a lot of jam questions. There are still a few spaces left in each of the classes for this weekend: Jam 101 on Friday, August 6th from 4-9 pm, and Flavor Construction: Strawberry Jam on Sunday, August 8th from 4-9 pm. For more information on classes, click through to our Classes page.

See you soon!

Rachel’s FoodCrafters Episode!

ETA: Ruh-roh! Turns out our sources were wrong and the FoodCrafters episode airs NEXT Monday, August 9. Sorry to be blasting y’all with misinformation.

Just a reminder that Rachel’s FoodCrafters episode premiers this coming Monday, August 2nd on the Cooking Channel at 10p EST/ 7p Pacific! For more information, you can go to the FoodCrafters website.

We can’t wait to watch the episode, and we hope you’ll tune in, too!