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!
It's Friday, which means it's time to think about what you'll be sipping when 5pm rolls around! Is there any happier thought? Our very good friends at Portland's newest and super coolest barwares shop Bull in China, asked to play around with some of our jam in their cocktailing work and, well, it was a no-brainer. We sent them a jar of our cardamom-and-cinnamon spiced Italian Prune Plum jam, which seemed like a just the thing for a mid-autumn cocktail. Bull in China partner and bartender extraordinaire Daniel Osborne whipped up this gorgeous tipple, called the "Speaking Terms", and our new favorite post-work beverage was born. Warming Irish whiskey and spicy Benedictine pair with the prune plum jam just like a dream. Check out all of their super chic barwares on their website here, and shake up one of these tonight!
1.5 ounces Jameson
.5 ounces Dolin Blanc
.5 ounces Benedictine
.5 ounces lemon juice
.25 ounces honey syrup
1/2 an egg white
1 bar spoon Italian Prune Plum jam
Combine all of the ingredients in a shaker without ice, and shake hard for 20 seconds. Add ice and shake to chill. Strain into a coupe and drink up!
Happy Friday, jam lovers!
Miranda & the whole Plum Tree Jam 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,