Ruth Taylor, aka Mrs. Ruth, started making jam to provide her husband with a steady supply of his favorite strawberry jam. One day, while visiting her favorite bakery, Mrs. Ruth was caught adding a generous bit of her jam to their fresh-baked bread. The shop owner asked to start selling it, and the rest is history!
Made just down the road in Apex, NC, Mrs. Ruth’s Jams showcases NC ingredients cooked low and slow using just fruit, cane sugar, and pectin. As Mrs. Ruth puts it, “our jams are only the good stuff and made with patience, not preservatives.” Her dedication to quality is paying off: she recently received a 2020 Good Food Award!
This month’s Featured Jam, Mrs. Ruth’s Jams Black & Blue, celebrates the abundance of fresh berries you find brimming at NC summer farmers’ markets this time of year. Plump blueberries and blackberries simmered with cane sugar, lemon, and a touch of almond result in a saucy, perfectly sweet jam. We love it spooned over vanilla ice cream, in a PB&J with our classic Peanut Butter, or in Mrs. Ruth’s recipe for Jammy Bars made with our Toasted Coconut Almond Butter.