Chris and I try to shop at our local farmers market every chance we get. We are so lucky that it is within walking distance from our house. The produce is wonderful and the selection is amazing. Last Sunday was the last day for blueberries so I decided to get lots and make all sorts of goodies this week. I tried this recipes for farmers market jam for the first time, it is so yummy and easy to make. Here is the recipe…
3 pints (6 cups) fresh strawberries
3 cups superfine sugar
2 tablespoons orange juice
1/2 Granny Smith apple, peeled, cored and small-diced
1/2 cup fresh blueberries
Place the strawberries in a colander and rinse them under cold running water. Drain and hull the strawberries. Cut the larger berries in half or quarters and leave the small berries whole. Place the strawberries in a deep, heavy-bottomed pot such as heavy Dutch oven and toss them with the sugar and orange juice.
Bring the berry mixture to a boil over medium heat, stirring often. Add the apple and blueberries and continue to keep the mixture at a rolling boil, stirring occasionally, until the jam reaches 220 degrees on a candy thermometer. This should take 25 to 35 minutes. Skim and discard any foam that rises to the top.
Allow the mixture to cool to room temperature.
Store covered in the refrigerator. It will keep refrigerated for at least 2 weeks. To keep the jam longer, pack and seal in canning jars according to the manufacturer’s instructions. It makes 4 jars of jam, I gave one to my neighbor Sam, put one in my fridge, and the remaining 2 in the freezer.