V Smiley Preserves Lavender Blackberry Rhubarb Jam
Once you try this, you might not be able to go back to grocery store blackberry jam. Thick yet easily spreadable, this jam is punctuated with soft shreds of rhubarb and delicate lavender buds. The lavender and rhubarb weave together as a bright base for the juicy blackberries. The buds’ floral flavor rounds out the tart-sweet fruit. The brightness of the berries is complemented perfectly by the addition of honey, sourced from a local Vermont producer just down the road from where the berries grow.
V Smiley Preserves Strawberry Blackcurrant Rosemary Jam
This berry-red jam is leaps and bounds better than the sickly-sweet jams populating grocery store shelves these days. It’s complex in flavor—expertly balancing herbs and flowers to enhance the fresh, Vermont-grown fruit packed into every jar. Not too thick or too runny, it’s studded with generous pieces of berry, for a jam that tastes like a summer evening: sophisticated, with the gentle botanical nuance of rosemary. Rather than overpowering the strawberries and currants, it creates a feeling of nibbling fresh berries while sitting on a porch next to an herb garden or pine tree. Never too sweet, the tart fruits are rich and juicy thanks to the black currant. Although it’s much more challenging than incorporating standard sugar, honey adds a special complexity you won’t find in nearly any other jam.
V Smiley Preserves Cherry Fennel Sherry Jam
Juicy cherry chunks are scattered throughout this vibrant jam. Although all of V Smiley’s preserves have unique and complex flavor profiles, this one is particularly special. Not too sweet, the cherries pair beautifully with the summery fennel. And sherry vinegar made from high-quality Spanish grapes creates the perfect foundation for both sweet and savory applications. A dash of honey rounds out the tartness of the cherry, adding a botanical complexity unmatched by jams sweetened with sugar alone.