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Handmade Jam Giveaway (from Sunchowder’s Emporia)

The Internet is a funny place. The other day, Matt and I had some friends over to our house  for a little pre-holiday celebration. Among friends, we had a handful of ‘Internet’ friends — folks we’ve met through our blogs and even Twitter. These ‘Internet’ friends no longer bear that title. These days, they’re just ‘friends.’

We first started chatting about our shared interests – food and music –and then realized that, in some cases, we already had real-life friends in common. Our initial face-to-face contact felt pretty natural because we felt like we already knew each other. That’s the great thing about keeping a blog–you let people into your journal and guess what? You can get to know someone pretty well through their journal.

A similar thing happened with Wendy, the woman behind Sunchowder’s Emporia Handmade Jams. Except I’ve never met Wendy. I met her through Emily Olson, the co-founder of Foodzie, who kindly connected us ahead of my and Matt’s wedding. For our favors, I wanted to create something special, and I really wanted to support a small vendor. Before committing to 120 jam jars, we tasted a selection of Sunchowder’s Emporia Jams and were blown away. The flavors and textures were spot on. From simple (her strawberry jam is out of this world) to more unique (zucchini ginger and black forest, a luxurious chocolate and berry concoction), these jams are some of the best I’ve ever tasted.

Since our September 2009 wedding, Wendy and I have stayed in touch –via email and social media. Despite the fact that I have never met her in person, I feel like I know her. She’s so passionate about what she does and she produces some truly phenomenal food products that deserve attention. Luckily, even though I live in California and she’s in Florida, I’m still able to enjoy the products that she sells at her local farmer’s market. The beauty of the internet.

So today, I’m not sharing a recipe, but I’m giving you a chance to win a crate of jams from Sunchowder’s Emporia. Because it’s almost Christmas and we’ll soon be celebrating TK’s one month anniversary.

So tell me, what’s your favorite flavor of jam? I’ll pick a name out of a hat and announce a winner on Monday!

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Posted by Kasey

Kasey is the food editor and co-founder of Turntable Kitchen. She loves dark chocolate, warm crusty bread, and traveling to new places. She speaks Russian, but does not like vodka.

  • adrienne

    Orange marmalade, hands down.

  • Blueberry or Apricot 🙂

  • Thomas Steele

    I like Strawberry but the other flavors sound interesting…

  • Lindsey

    I love Sunchowder! I love their chocolate/berry flavor. Outside of that, lemon apricot.

  • Marty

    I love Strawberry jam on toast, I love Stawberry Jam the most, I love it in my Peanut butter and jam, I’ll eat it anyway I can.

  • I have a soft spot for plum. Adorable packaging!

  • Susan Morelli

    I have to say right now I am enjoying pomegranate jelly. Thank you

  • Anything homemade will do, but I especially love blackberry jam

  • Kathryn

    Love Apricot!

  • olallieberry jam is awesome!

  • Andrew

    Pineapple ginger, though I really love tomato too.

    Your blog is aces, by the way!

  • I love Foodzie… I’m friends with Emily and her sister Christina!

  • Natalie

    Say high and Happy Holidays to Wendy from me! Her jams are as incredible as Wendy herself!

  • Aww, I love this! Three cheers for Internet friends becoming real life friends!

    Man, I really love jam. I think any kind of berry, or jalapeno, is my favorite. I had a marionberry jam in Seattle a few years ago that was out of this world.

  • Denise

    Chocolate Raspberry without a doubt. Because Wendy is marvelous like that!

  • Mom: I will! She is wonderful, I agree!

  • Alessa

    I ADORE blackberry jam. Our climate doesn’t support blackberries, so most blackberries I eat have to be in jam variety.

  • Hands down, it’s Wendy’s Strawberry Balsamic!!!


  • Hannah: that’s awesome! it’s a small world.

    Janet: absolutely girl!

    Denise: agreed!

    Nicole: Isn’t it? Handmade touches.

    Lindsey: that’s one of my faves, too.

    Tracy: I love blackberry jam, too.

    Andrew: thank you! Aces! I like it.

  • George A.

    Blackberry is the best!

  • Denise

    Fig jam when I can find it.

  • José Moutinho

    Orange marmelade…hummm….I can taste it allready!

  • Terry

    apricot jam

  • I made some blueberry lime jam last year. That recipe was certainly the winner of the season!

  • Christine A.

    Being from England, I think Orange Marmalade is the tops.

  • Shannon

    ooooh, that black forest jam sounds absolutely delish! growing up, we always had raspberry, but now that i live on my own, strawberry is definitely my thing. no silly seeds!

  • Some Maintenance Required

    You just can’t beat a good raspberry jam, especially when paired with peanut butter or Nutella.

  • I wonder if this is open to your international readers. If it is, I’d say peach or fig!

  • Good question! The giveaway was open to everyone 🙂 Random draw! And I love peach and fig jam.

  • Totally, loveee Marmalade so much, never had home made though.

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