One of the best things about living here in the Pacific Northwest in the summer is the abundance of perfectly ripened, Washington grown berries. Over 30 varieties of edible berries are native to our state! This extensive list includes national favorites like strawberries, blackberries, and blueberries. And then there are berries Washington grows best and has become somewhat known for, like cherries (ok, technically not a berry, but still delicious!) and marionberries. With all these berries flourishing right here in our own backyard, it’s no surprise many jam and jelly makers call our state home. And of course, the best place to find locally grown and jarred jelly spreads, preserves, and jams is your own neighborhood Tacoma Boys or H&L Produce.
What’s the Difference?
The sheer number of options for a jelly connoisseur can be overwhelming, so we’ve curated a few of our favorites right here. But first, you might be asking, what’s the difference between jam, jelly, and preserves? Well, it’s relatively simple. It’s mostly about consistency. Jelly is your smoothest option, and it’s often clear or at least somewhat translucent. Jam usually consists of crushed or muddled fruit, so it’s a little stiffer–still spreadable, but holds its own shape better than jelly. Finally, preserves are usually fruit chunks in gelatin or syrup. There, now you’ll know just what you’re looking at when you peruse our wide range of jellies, jams, and preserves. Without further ado, we give you our favorites!
The Best Jelly Spreads, Jams, and Preserves in the Pacific Northwest
Artie’s Harvest Small Batch Blackberry Jam
Artie’s Harvest is a locally owned and operated small business. They specialize in honey, but lucky for us–and you–they also produce an occasional small batch of delicious, locally grown jam. They battle the blackberry bushes, so you don’t have to (if you’ve ever encountered a Washington blackberry bush, you know what I mean–ouch!), and the result is blackberry jam that’s to die for. Try it on a classic peanut butter and jelly to take your childhood favorite to the next level!
Jammy Yummy Carrot Jam
Yes, you read that right. Carrot Jam. Don’t knock it ‘til you try it! Based in Florida, Jammy Yummy creates six different vegetable spreads, including tomato, red pepper, and even a caramelized onion jam! Try their carrot jam on a bagel with cream cheese for a breakfast that tastes just like carrot cake. Almost.
Stonewall Kitchen’s New England Raspberry Relish
Stonewall Kitchen’s specialty foods have been gracing and improving gift baskets for years, and with great reason! They produce baking mixes, sauces, condiments and more, but it all started with their jams and jellies. As a result, you can’t go wrong with any of the flavors of Stonewall Kitchen jams and jellies we carry! But let us suggest their New England Raspberry relish. It’s great on turkey, deli style turkey sandwiches, and chicken. While you’re at it, try their Strawberry Apple Rhubarb Jam, or keep it simple with Concord Grape Jelly.
Dickenson’s Lemon Curd
Dickenson’s–now one of America’s premiere makers of gourmet jams–started in the 1800’s right here in the Pacific Northwest! What started in a garden and pantry of a homestead in Willamette Valley has become a national gourmet brand. No time to make lemon curd at home? No problem! Grab a jar of Dickenson’s Lemon Curd made by the experts. Try it on pancakes or ginger cookies or cheesecake, or in between cake layers as a mouthwatering filling.
Maury Island Farms Marionberry Jam
Located right here in Tukwila, WA, Maury Island farms creates all natural local jams and jellies. And their marionberry jam perfectly compliments fresh baked scones or is great all by itself on a slice of toast. In addition to marionberry jam, try their Tart Cherry Preserves or Boysenberry Jelly Spread. You’ll be glad you did!
Elki Scandinavian Delights Lingonberry Jam
With recipes and product lines straight from Denmark, Elki’s Scandanavian Delights taste every bit like the real deal they are. A family-owned company, Elki’s has been creating high quality Scandanavian preserves since 1984. Even the lingonberries are harvested in Denmark, with just the right balance of sweet and sour. To get the full experience, try this recipe for Swedish Pancakes. Top them with powdered sugar, a dollop of butter and a spoonful of lingonberry jam. Enjoy the taste of Denmark from the comfort of your own kitchen!
Tacoma Boys Ancho Chile Pepper Jelly Spread
If you haven’t tried chile pepper spread, now’s the time! Our own take on pepper jam is flavorful and sweet with just the right amount of kick. Start with a mild water cracker or rice cracker (Milton’s Gluten Free Original Rice Crackers from our gluten free section are great for this), add a high quality white cheddar cheese from our cheese section (we like Coastal or Aussie White Gold), and top with Tacoma Boys Ancho Chile Pepper Spread. This jelly spread is also great with a crusty baguette and brie. So don’t be surprised if this becomes your new go-to appetizer when you’re entertaining a crowd!
In a Jam? We’ve Got You Covered
Whether you’re looking for fig butter for your charcuterie board, cranberry preserves to garnish your pork chops, or good old fashioned grape jelly for your peanut butter and jelly, you’ll find it at your local Tacoma Boy’s and H&L Produce. We care deeply about our local farmers and value their commitment to harvesting the best local berries in sustainable ways. And, with countless unique flavors and high quality ingredients, we’re sure you’ll be satisfied with a jar chosen from one of our locations. So stop by today for the best quality jams, jelly spreads , and preserves in the Pacific Northwest!