Making Jam at Fresh and Fancy Farms

Making Jam at Fresh and Fancy Farms

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.

Fresh and Fancy Farms

Fresh and Fancy Farms

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:

Strawberries, basil, and peaches from Fresh and Fancy Farms

Strawberries, basil, and peaches from Fresh and Fancy Farms

Peach-Cinnamon Jam

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

Canned peach jam

Canned peach jam

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

Strawberries and basil

Strawberries and basil

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.

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Comments (10)

  1. Craig Zabransky

    I am not often a fan of something in Jersey (probably my NY upbringing), but wow, I love their peaches and I’d love to do something like this, thanks for putting it on my radar; this does seem like a great way to spend a weeknight.

    stay farming, Craig

    1. The World Wanderer

      Haha, Craig, Jersey does have a few gems, and this is definitely one of them.

  2. @mrsoaroundworld

    This looks yummy! The balsamic strawberry one sounds intriguing!

    1. The World Wanderer

      So yummy! I didn’t expect to like the peach cinnamon and it’s one of my favorites. There’s also a delicious vanilla raspberry one. 🙂

  3. the lazy travelers

    ummm this is AMAZING. first because the farm looks adorable, but SECOND because our cottage came with a million empty mason jars and there’s a farmer’s market every weekend. i’ve never been so excited about canned fruit! xo, the romantic

    1. The World Wanderer

      The farm is SO adorable! They really revived the idea of farming. I love that you have so many mason jars to work with and a farmers market! You can make it and eat it within two weeks, or there is also a special way to preserve them so they last longer, but I was a little drunk on wine for that lesson. Next time…

  4. lola

    the strawberry basil concoction looks right up my alley! mmmm…bring me some of that jelly

  5. Raul (@ilivetotravel)

    This sounds like a great idea on how to spend a few hours learning something new.

  6. Christopher

    Is this the soundtrack when making jam? 🙂

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9EcjWd-O4jI

    1. The World Wanderer

      HAHAHA, absolutely, Christopher!!! 🙂

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