I am very sad to say that Plum Tree Jam won’t be popping up at Portland-area farmers markets anymore—or at least for the moment. The markets have been a wonderful, inspiring, renewing constant for us for a few years now—rain or snow or 100-degree days, we were out there with the best of 'em—but they just don’t make financial sense for Plum Tree Jam. And yes—as you might imagine—the catalyst for this realization was the birth of my sweet son last December. The markets were a break-even endeavor for me, but they were a wonderful way to be part of the local food community and to meet so many Portlanders who care about good, local food and supporting local agriculture. However, now that I have to juggle the demands of Motherhood—and the tug on the heartstrings that I feel every moment that I am away from my baby—along with Plum Tree, I feel that every working moment must really, really count. To stay in business and keep making the very best, handmade, pectin-free jams I can, and to continue to buy fruit that I believe in from people I (and you, too, I know!) admire, means that I have to make enough money to stay afloat. It's just the cold, hard truth and it's been a hard realization to swallow. It was with a heavy heart that I parted ways with my booth at the Hollywood Farmers Market, and my beloved King Neighborhood Farmers Market. I hope that my market friends and customers will understand. Local Portland people can always order via my website shop, and I am often happy to make deliveries. We will also continue to pop up at larger local events like the Portland Night Market, Craft Wonderland, and the like. Following us on Instagram is the best way to stay in the loop. You can also find our jams all over town at delectable shops like Tender Loving Empire, Made Here PDX, Alder & Co, and Elephants Deli.
Please continue to shop at these wonderful markets, and we will see you there as a fellow shopper!
Meet our new gift boxes
! Tied up with a shiny red bow, they contain 3 2-ounce jars (a selection of our most popular berry jams, from Tay and Loganberry to Raspberry-Rhubarb and Olallie). Also exceedingly festive, our Spiced Cranberry jam
got a minor facelift this year thanks to the addition of Bluebird Alpine Liqueur from our friends at Thomas & Sons Distillery. Plus all the lovely berry jams are in good supply (for now!) and don't forget, we're happy to include a gift note in any order, just let us know what you'd like it to say at check out.
In the spirit of the season, rather than offering holiday discounts, we will be donating 10% of sales (now through December 25th) to FoodCorps
, a national organization that connects kids to healthy food in high-needs schools via hands on cooking classes, school gardens, and healthy cafeteria meals so they can lead healthier lives and reach their full potential. We think they’re doing great work, and it’s an honor to give back in a way that extends beyond just our participation in our local food system. We hope you will agree!
HAPPY DANCE! BERRIES ARE BACK! HAPPY DANCE! BERRIES ARE BACK!
Thanks for waiting, all you wonderful jam lovers!
While it's true that the jam-making itself is done by one person—that would be me, Miranda!—Plum Tree Jam (like all projects worth a darn) is the result of the hard work and loving support of a community of friends and family. People like:
David! My fiancé and all around awesome dude! Here he is picking berries with me this past August. Those are Triple Crowns (you can buy jam made from those very same Triple Crowns HERE!):
My Mom, Linda! Aren't Moms the best? She's a mostly-retired Professor and much-loved lady! She's picking boysenberries (you can buy jam made from those very boysens HERE!):
Morgan & David! Our friends and neighbors who not only come berry-picking (they picked Waldo blackberries, and you can buy the jam made from those Waldos HERE!), they also provide boatloads of creative input and all around encouragement.
this is Morgan! (well, it's her hand, but you get the idea)
Jam jar sticker idea from David "idea-factory" L-P!
Cheers to you lovely people! And cheers to you, dear customers, who are now a part of all the fun and delicious goodness that is Plum Tree Jam! Thank you!
Hello jam lovers of the world! I can't believe this day is finally here—Plum Tree Jam is up and running at last! After many months of hard work, and years of dreaming, it's really real. I'm so excited to share my jams with you! Thank you for coming to this jammy little corner of the internet, I hope you enjoy yourself while you're here.
Welcome all you wonderful people, and enjoy!
Yours in berry-goodness,
Miranda (jam-maker, berry picker, champagne-lover)