What? Lots of tasty jams. From left to right meet a small jar of apricot, a medium jar of sweet spiced plum, and a large jar of pear butter.
Why? Because your family will love you. Because you can taste summer in January. Because it's beautiful. And because if you make a batch it's so easy to set aside a few jars for the upcoming fall bazaar...
I use Pomona's pectin, because you can put in as little sugar as you want. We like our jam 'low sugar' because it tastes so fruity and fresh, but you can really put in as much or as little as you like to suit your family's fancy. Farmer's market has great fruit and the beauty of jamming is that it's okay if the fruit is a little past its prime (so you can grab a box of overripe apricots for super cheap).
If you can boil liquid and peel and chop food you can jam. Seriously. So let's jam this summer, ladies!