As the air turns crisper and temperatures begin to cool this month, the flavors of spring and summer – or even warmer climates, from the Caribbean to Hawaii – linger in jars of local jam. Whether spooned into your morning cup of yogurt or swirled into baked Brie for a holiday snack, these high-quality jams will enhance any meal.
Kansas City Canning Co.
Each batch of rosemary-fig spread from Kansas City Canning Co. is produced using savory rosemary and sweet organic figs. Once a seasonal spread, it’s landed a permanent spot on Boulevard Beer Hall’s new food menu and is now available year-round on the chorizo and fig flatbread, as well as online. Score a jar at kansascitycanningco.com and smear it on baked Brie, pork or pizza at home.
Larder & Cupboard
Larder & Cupboard’s preserves aren’t only delicious, they’re award-winning. That’s right: The store’s apricot-lemon-thyme and strawberry-lemon verbena preserves both won a 2018 Good Food Award in the preserves category. Owner Cindy Higgerson makes the preserves in-house using the highest quality ingredients – and the fruits of her labor have clearly been rewarded. Pick up a jar the next time you’re in Maplewood, Missouri. larderandcupboard.com
The Berry Nutty Farm
Although The Berry Nutty Farm specializes in fruit spreads – made with fresh berries and less sugar than traditional jam – recently, the company has introduced classic jams as well. We love the cranberry flavor – its pleasant tartness perfectly complements the tang of chèvre on a cheese board, or use it as the base for leftover turkey sandwiches following Thanksgiving. theberrynuttyfarm.com
Uncle Bob’s Spice and Blends
Based in St. Charles, Missouri, Uncle Bob’s Spice and Blends offers three flavors of homemade jam: cranberry-pepper, blueberry-pepper and Hot Damn Pineapple Jam. As the name suggests, the pineapple jam brings the heat, thanks to an ingredient list that includes habanero, jalapeño and ghost peppers. Uncle Bob himself recommends trying the jam in your next batch of hot wings or mellowed with cream cheese as a spicy spread. unclebobsspiceandblends.com
Made with North American elderberries, Norm’s Farms elderberry-ginger-pecan jam is produced with just six other ingredients: sugar, pecans, candied ginger, lemon juice concentrate, water and GMO-free pectin mix. The jam packs a flavor punch, with spiciness from the candied ginger, a citrusy note from the lemon and natural sweetness from the berries. Based in Purdy, Missouri, Norm’s Farms sells a range of jams, jellies and preserves, all available for purchase at normsfarms.com.