The Jam (S)Pot: Adventure Jamming! Jammin’ with Marguerite

Seared Scallops with Blueberry Thai Basil Preserves

Seared Scallops with Blueberry Thai Basil Preserves

“I never would have thought a simple gift-giving idea would turn out to be such an amazing adventure,” says Marguerite Riker of Jammin’ with Marguerite in Holland, Michigan.

“My jam and jelly making started as an idea to give gifts for Christmas in 2011. I wanted to offer something special for my family and friends. After making traditional jams, I thought it would be fun to add a twist to recipes and add a bit of savory herb or citrus zest.” So she did.

“Now my niche is savory jams and jellies, and I love using herbs in as many as possible. It didn’t happen at first, but now I can just think of a combination and literally taste it in my head!”

Marguerite got so much encouragement from the jam eaters in her life, and believed so strongly in her jam-making vision and love of sharing her creations, that she was emboldened, even in a difficult economic time, to make a career transition to full-time jam-making businesswoman.

Marguerite making jam

“Now I have customers who order my jams and jellies to send to their families and friends as gifts,” she says. Visit her website, Jammin’ with Marguerite, to see the wide variety of her selections or to purchase some of her delicious low-sugar concoctions. If you live in Michigan, you can also learn on her website about where you can buy her jams and jellies around Holland and Detroit.

As part of Marguerite’s passion for jam making and love of sharing, she has contributed one of her most favorite and very popular blueberry recipes for us to share with you: Blueberry Vanilla Lavender Preserves.

Read more about Marguerite’s business and her advice for starting one of your own here.

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