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To buy local artisan jam & marmalade means supporting local people, rather than big brands in supermarkets. In Oregon (US), one chain of supermarkets actually buys in locally-made jams (customers can recognise it by the yellow labels/stickers). Why not do that here? Also see the post on grassroots canning. If growing your own fruits, see make your garden safe for pets, to know toxic plants, mulches and other items to avoid.
Forget plastic-wrapped sachets in bed-and-breakfasts and support your local jam and marmalades instead, just keep jars in the fridge, and decant into pots. You’ll always find good jams in local markets and farm shops. Often you can find far more interesting flavours than strawberry or raspberry (nice, but also try damson, rhubarb and other local flavours). Otherwise life gets boring.
Twenty-First Century Syndrome: knowing a place so well, that you’re bored by the time you first visit. Paul Kingsnorth
- Cartwright & Butler Rose Petal Jelly is nice with scones, made with freshly picked rose petals, and stored in a kilner-style jar.
- Thursday Cottage Seville Orange Marmalade is made with orange oranges from Seville, a traditional medium-cut marmalade.
- Meridian Organic Strawberry Spread is made with traceable ingredients.
- FruitTree Apricot Jam is made from premium organic sun-ripened fruits, cooked gently at low temperatures. Also in summer berries.
A wise bear always keep a marmalade sandwich in his hat, in case of emergency. Paddington Bear