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On the 3rd Day of Christmas, my true love gave to me – Something to put on my toast in the morning!
Blue Chair Fruit is a regular at Bay Area Farmer’s Markets, and with good reason. Their locally sourced, organic jams, jellies and marmalades have found an audience with Bay Area food fanatics. And for those of us who like to make our own, founder Rachel Saunders has a new book out, too. But this post is about the jam!
For the third installment of the 12 Days of Local Christmas, I would like to introduce you to the Blue Chair Fruit Company of Oakland, California. Started in 2008, Blue Chair Fruit focuses on the best in local fruit and showcases it through clever products, including Early Girl Tomato Marmalade and Damson Plum Jam. If you are looking for something to bring along for Thanksgiving, consider the Adriatic Fig & Candied Ginger Jam, great with turkey! Each small batch is handmade in French copper jam kettles and canned with only the finest local ingredients.
For the holidays, I would recommend the Blue Chair Fruit Jam Club. Offered as either a standard jam-of-the-month club (with 6 or 12 month increments) or as a Bay Area-only, CSA-style club (3 month commitment), the jam clubs are a nice way to gift the jam lover on your holiday list. The Bay Area-only club allows customers to chose their favorite flavors, and the pickup location is Omnivore Books on Food, in Noe Valley. Another option would be a gift certificate to take a jam making class in the New Year.
If you are looking for a few stocking stuffers, Blue Chair Fruit jams are available at several local retailers, including Whole Foods in San Mateo and BiRite Market in San Francisco. For a complete list, check out their website.
Photo courtesy of Blue Chair Fruit Company.