Jams. Jelly. Preserves. We’re not terribly particular when it comes to the names because it (the fruit, naturally) all boils down to one thing: true love. We love it all so very much. Ruby-red raspberries spread over ricotta on a crumpet; tart orange zest of marmalade melting on a warm biscuit; or sweet figs with a hint of rosemary served alongside duck breast. All of this (and more!) is why we’re so excited to introduce you to two of our favorite jam makers at this year’s Eat Boutique Holiday Market. Enjoy! -Kate
The Jam Stand
What began as a beautiful friendship has now become a delicious business venture. Started in an apartment kitchen in Brooklyn by best friends, Jessica Quon and Sabrina Valle, The Jam Stand happily creates playful and oh so very tasty products.
Its Drunken Monkey Jam, for instance, includes sugar-coated bananas, a splash (only a splash) of rum, and a dash of lime—plus, no monkeys were harmed in the making of this jam. The Not Just Peachy, Sriracha Jam, on the other hand, adds a little bit of heat to a perfectly sweet spread. Sourcing food from local farms, Jessica and Sabrina believe packaged food doesn’t have to be boring or taste like processed food. And the darling duo hopes that their unique jams will inspire their “Jam Fans” to experiment with their own flavor combinations. Stop by and see just how sweet life can be with a bit of imagination and a good friend.
Doves and Figs
Many childhood dreams get lost in the shuffle of adult life, but not for Robin Cohen. While on vacation in Montauk, a five-year-old Robin made grape jam with her father while dreaming of doing little else when she grew up. Lucky for us, her dream is now a reality.
Using sun-ripened fresh fruit from New England farms, Doves and Figs creates a glorious line of seasonal jams—all made without pectin or preservatives. The shop offers a dizzying array of unique flavors as you can see from just a few examples of what fall and winter bring: Winter Carnival (apple, pear, and cranberry), Harvest Fair (apples, dried figs, almonds, and local dark honey), and Blushing Tart (cranberry, Meyer lemon, and rosemary). Tempted? Come by and try a few at the market.
The Eat Boutique Boston Holiday Market is on Saturday, December 7, 2013. Add your email address to this list to be the first to know when tickets go on sale for our annual holiday event! We look forward to shopping and sampling with you.
Can’t make it to the holiday market this year? Don’t despair! You can enjoy many of the same products from the comfort of your own home. Start shopping now!
Photos courtesy of Heidi Murphy/White Loft Studio and The Jam Stand.
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