In Northern New Jersey, there’s a farm that’s taking the idea of eating farm-to-table to a new level. Fresh and Fancy Farms, located in the town of New Milford, has introduced a line of cooking classes into their schedule, giving attendees the chance to use fresh fruits and vegetables in their meals in new and exciting ways.
Just this week, I was lucky enough to join in on a class that was making jam at Fresh and Fancy Farms, and not only was it a fun experience, but it was also a valuable lesson in jam making. For just $35, guests are treated to Meg’s journey through jam making, along with her tips, delicious snacks, and, best of all, jam to take home. Plus, it was the perfect way to spend a weeknight.
Ingredients and Recipes:
5 cups peaches (peeled & pitted)
2 cups granulated sugar
1 lemon (juice & zest)
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup sage (chopped)
Combine all ingredients in a large pot. Bring to a simmer. Let jam boil vigorously until it reaches 220F. Approx. 20-25min
Balsamic Strawberry-Basil Jam
6 cups strawberry (diced small)
4 cups granulated sugar
2 cups balsamic vinegar
1 lemon (juiced)
1 cup basil (chopped)
Place vinegar in a large pot and cook down to half. Add all ingredients. Bring to a simmer. Let jam boil vigorously until it reaches 220F. Approx. 15-20min
One piece of advice that Meg offered was that you must use good fruit for your jam. If your fruit doesn’t taste good, neither will your jam. Fresh and Fancy Farms will continue to offer a jam making class that will change depending on the fruit that is in season. I’m already looking forward to see what Meg has in store for Autumn and Winter.
You can follow along on all of Fresh and Fancy’s culinary and farming adventures on Instagram , Twitter, and Facebook. Then make your way to New Jersey for a class, event, or just to wander around the barn and gardens. I promise you won’t be disappointed.