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!
For a festive holiday cocktail! Our friends at Bull in China
, a cocktail supply shop here in Portland, created a couple of seasonal drinks built around our Spiced Cranberry Jam
! Get yourself a jar & get mixing!The New Tradition
1 heaping barspoon Spiced Cranberry Jam
1 oz. Old Tom gin
1/2 oz. East India sherry
1/2 oz. orange curacao
1/2 oz. lemon juice
1/2 oz. Grade B maple syrup
Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake for 10 seconds. Strain into a cocktail glass, garnish with a sprig of rosemary, if you’d like. Enjoy!
Bog Alley Sour (created by Bull in China for the Starvation Alley Bog Social)
2 oz bourbon
.50 oz lemon
.25 oz Grade B maple syrup
1 heavy bar spoon Plum Tree Jam Spiced Cranberry jam
Add all ingredients into an ice-filled shaker tin. Shake for 15 seconds and double strain into a coupe or a rocks glass. This drink is also delicious in a collins glass (with ice!) topped with sparkling wine or a dry sparkling cider.
I really hope there are other quince obsessives out there. I realize that as I dreamt up this recipe and tinkered in the kitchen, I was laboring under the assumption that there are. Worst case scenario maybe I just eat it all myself, and that's really something that I couldn't complain about. BUT! For now, let's assume that you exist, fellow quince maniacs. So, what is this new "Rosy Quince" preserve that has appeared this autumn in the Plum Tree shop? Read on!
Supposedly, it wasn't an apple that tempted Eve in the garden of Eden, it was much more likely a quince, as apples were unknown in the ancient world. Likewise, the golden apple that Paris gave to Aphrodite as her prize in the beauty contest that kicked off the Trojan War was probably a quince too! The fruit that launched a thousand ships. I had to capture THAT. Years of experimentation with ways to preserve it that reflect it at its fragrant peak had, until this year, yielded only disappointment. In creating this blushing preserve, I set out to capture not the quince fruit itself, but something much more elusive: its intoxicating fragrance. The knobby yellow creature’s romantic, floral, fruity perfume is a scent not quickly forgotten. It is also a scent that seems to easily dissipate with the application of sugar and heat that is necessary if you plan to eat (and enjoy) quince. Finally this year, I whipped something up that gave me—a Lifelong Obsessive Autumn Quince Sniffer—a shiver in the best way. Local quince, rose water, orange blossom water and an absolutely fantastic Quince liqueur made by our friends at Stone Barn Brandyworks. Lovers of the world—of quince and otherwise—this rosy preserve is for you.
Yes it’s true, our prices have gone up a smidgen. The mission of Plum Tree Jam is to be a part of the food system not as it is, but as it could be. As it should be. To be a part of a new food system in America—one that celebrates quality, locality, one that is built on the understanding of the real costs of good food, one that enables farmers to grow great food and earn a fair living doing so. We wanted to do all of these things and make our jams accessible to as many people as possible, and we still do. We’ve realized that in order to do all of these things—in order to continue to support local agriculture by purchasing incredible fruit grown by our wonderful Oregon farmers, and to continue to make the jam in careful, small batches without pectin, all of which takes time and, yes, money—we have to charge a bit more. A dollar or two, not too much. But just enough. Thank you for understanding! We promise to keep making preserving Oregon’s incredible bounty and supporting our local good, slow food system, one jar at a time.
In other news, Spiced Cranberry Jam is back & better then ever featuring a new discovery—local Bluebird Alpine Liqueur from our friends at Thomas & Sons Distillery. More wintery flavors are coming soon, so stay tuned!
Thank you all!
Miranda & the Plum Tree Jam family
Thank you jam lovers, new and old, for an incredible 2016 berry season! With summer winding down and the farmers markets returning to a calmer sort of state—and some even closing down for the year—the time is right for a bit of a getaway. Actually, it's a family reunion AND a vacation, all rolled into one. In Italy, no less! We'll be in the Tuscan countryside for a bit, and we'll end with a few glorious days in the Eternal City. We hope to return re-charged and newly inspired—perhaps you'll even see our travels influence in new jams in the coming months! Because of this great adventure we feel so lucky to embark on, orders placed after Sept. 15th will not be filled until (but will be filled by) October 1st.
We apologize for any inconvenience and we wish you all a lovely autumn!
Ciao, jam lovers! Adventure calls!
New label, same jam! We want to assure you first and foremost that our jam is the same as ever—only the packaging is new. It's still just one lady, in the kitchen, with local fruit from small farms, the same recipe, tiny batches and zero pectin. We've been working quietly on this rebranding project for four months, and we're thrilled to share with you at last the fruits of our labors. Working with local Portland illustrator Sheri Smith, we created a new label that we hope reflects the jam and our little company in a bold and inviting way. It was a labor of love and we're so excited about the result. Along with the rebrand comes some pricing changes—we've actually been able to lower our prices a bit, as you can see in our SHOP. Lastly, the jars have gotten a bit bigger. We found a wonderful local jar supplier and we're so happy about the new look. We hope you are, too!
Miranda & the PTJ family
This blog post is as much a request as it is instructional, or inspirational. I want to see how you enjoy my jams! When you reach for a jar, what else is cooking? Is there toast in the toaster? Or pancake batter waiting next to a hot skillet? My mom, as I know I've mentioned, can't get enough of stirring my jam (lately the Italian Prune Plum has been a favorite) into her favorite, ultra-tangy Straus Family Creamery yogurt. I am a sucker for salty things, so I like salted butter on crunchy baguette, with a good slather of jam (as pictured above). And anyone who's paying attention knows of my deep weakness for all things peanut butter and jam—but who can blame me, really? PB&J is my husband's favorite, too. What I want is for you to show me how YOU jam! When I pack jars and send them off to you lovely jam lovers, in your various corners of the world, I always wonder how they wind up being enjoyed. Email me, or share a photo and tag me on Instagram or Facebook with @plumtreejam or #plumtreejam—I can't wait to see!
Yours in jam,
Because it's official: PLUM TREE JAM IS A GOOD FOOD AWARDS FINALIST!!
Full disclosure, I've known about this for a little while now, but I haven't been able to share it with you until today!!! I'm incredibly honored to be recognized so early in the game! My jam was blind-tasted by some pretty amazing palates, and next to many, many worthy entries and somehow, they decided that mine was uniquely delicious. Wow. Pretty floored.
Check out all of the 2015 Good Food Awards Finalists here. I know that I am in good company because we not only had our wares blind-tasted, but we also all went through a very rigorous vetting process. Winners will be announced in January, so keep your fingers crossed, and in the meantime, cheers!
yours in jam,
Prepare your heart to be thoroughly melted! Exceptionally adorable things have happened to our jam lately—namely that it has been gobbled up by some of the cutest human beings ever. See below, Fig. 1 and Fig. 2.
Fig. 1: Holman, who prefers his boysenberry jam lumpy with berries (which is great, because that's how we feel, too), and spread all over homemade pancakes.
Fig. 2: Maya! We finally got to meet our friends' gorgeous little nugget, who—as we discovered—is a BIG fan of jam. She'd been pretty fussy all afternoon, but when that Triple Crown berry-coated jam spoon touched her lips, all that changed. Parents, take note!
Wishing you a week full of cuteness and jam!
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!