Shannon Kelley has a special place in her heart for summertime in the kitchen with her mom. The intoxicating aroma of jam boiling, the meditative act of stirring the pot, the summer heat outside . . . it all brings back childhood memories. As a kid, she dreamed of a business selling her family’s jams. As an adult, even though she was working as a nurse and enrolled in MBA school, she decided there was no time like the present.
The Jam – Fast Facts:
Shannon Kelley, owner
started business in 2009
tagline: Beyond Bread
These jams are about simple recipes, classic flavors, and fresh ingredients. They are a tribute to time spent with family. All of Shannon’s jams are family recipes -although, to be fair, the Rhubarb Blueberry recipe came from someone else’s. The ingredients are very simple: fruit and sugar. Sometimes lemon juice, and fruit pectin when necessary. No artificial anything. The taste is classic, fresh fruit.
Looking for hostess gift ideas, party favors or a memento for your wedding guests? The Jam gourmet jams and jellies are ideal. They make good housewarming gifts.
Of course, all these products taste great on toast. And scones (Shannon loves scones). But let’s move beyond bread . . .
Cranberrry Chutney is great on holiday food; it can be poured over brie, smothered on Thanksgiving leftovers, or spread into a turkey sandwich.
The Jalapeno Jam recipe originated during the time her family spent living in Mexico. Cream cheese, Jalepeno Jam, and anything else makes a great appetizer. Even more adventurous: spread this jam on halibut.
The Orange Marmalade recipe came from her grandmother, and is one of Shannon’s favorites. She admits to this being her late night snack: it’s sweet, warm, & feels like home. It also makes an appearance as the middle layer in Shannon’s cakes. Another idea? Try using it as a meat marinade.
Rhubarb Blueberry makes perfect breakfast ingredient, a perfect dessert ingredient, or a great snack! Shannon likes to mix this one into plain yogurt; it tarts up any occasion.
Strawberry is the newest addition to The Jam lineup. It’s got a classic and pronounced fresh strawberry flavor. Mix it into your oatmeal in the middle of winter – it’ll lend hope that spring will arrive.
Classic Raspberry Jam is made raw (without using heat). The taste? Fresh and delicious. Shannon puts her top seller on her peanut butter sandwiches. Or, if you can’t find peanut butter or bread, it’s good straight from the container.
Denver shoppers can find The Jam at the Old Pearl Street Farmer’s Market this summer, the rest of the country can purchase these artisan-produced gourmet jams and jellies right here on Fooducopia.com.