6 Jams and Jellies That Taste Like Summer in a Jar

Small batch preserves so good you'll want to eat them by the spoonful.


Girl Meets Dirt Italian Plum & Anise Hyssop Archipelago Preserves


Crafted by hand from fruit from centuries old-orchards deep in Washington State's San Juan Islands, this dark, rich plum jam makes a decadent topping for morning toast or a sophisticated pairing with soft cheese.

To buy: $12 for 7.75 ounces, girlmeetsdirt.com.

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Blue Chair Dry Farmed Tomato Jam


Plump California Early Girl tomatoes are cooked down with a pinch of sugar and a splash of lemon juice to produce this lip smacking gem. Use it plain or as a perfect accent in a grilled cheese or BLT.

To buy: $13 for 6 ounces, shop.bluechairfruit.com and food52.com.

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Gregory Benjamin Strawberry Rhubarb Pie Preserves


Skip the effort of firing up the oven and enjoy the fresh taste of strawberry rhubarb pie straight from a jar. This sweet and juicy jam from an award-winning Pennsylvania producer is to die for slathered on cream biscuits or scones.

To buy: $13.50 for 16 ounces, gregorybenjaminsbest.com.

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Laura Ann's Jams Blackberry Bay Leaf


Soft chunks of blackberry marry with an aromatic note of bay leaf in this seductive spread made by a punk rock drummer turned professional preserver. Because it has a pleasantly loose consistency, it is also tailor-made for spooning over plain yogurt or ice cream.

To buy: $8.99 for 8 ounces, lauraannsjams.com.

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Butcher's Bunches Dirty Diana Cherry Jam


Utah may have a reputation as a dry state, but teetotalers, take note: before they're crushed and cooked down into a luscious spread, the tart Brigham City sour cherries at the heart of this irresistible jam are given a long soak in passion fruit rum.

To buy: $9 for 10 ounces, butchersbunches.com and amazon.com.

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Blackberry Farm Grilled Grape Jam


Forget everything you think you know about grape jelly. This heady sweet and savory spread from the kitchens of the legendary Tennessee resort is smoky and decidedly adult: the perfect companion for grilled sausages or Monte Cristo sandwiches.

To buy: $13 for 7.75 ounces, adminblackberryfarm.com.

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