John Snell and his family started their business, Marsh Hollow, just one year ago. John was inspired after a trip to Ireland and “the whole connection of farmers growers, producers and consumers. Knowing where your food come from, and how it is produced”. John works to create flavors that are different and unique. He tells us more about his flavor development: “Lots of flavors developed from family food memories, apple rum, reminds me of my grandmother Collins kitchen, the spices , the fresh baked pies, and the rum, yes there were often cocktails in the kitchen”.
The first thing that caught my eye when I received jars of jam from Marsh Hollow was how BIG the jars are. This is very practical for a family of jam lovers, like mine. The Wild Blackberry Jam was gone pretty fast. We enjoyed it every morning for a few weeks. We put this jam on toast, bagels, pancakes, and even oatmeal. The jam was sweet and tasted just like summer. The Spiced Strawberry Rhubarb Jam was my son’s favorite. Rhubarb add a depth to the jam and the spices are subtly powerful. This jam is not spicy hot, it’s spicy wonderful.
Blueberry Almond Jam from Marsh Hollow is a must try. There are likely to be spoonfuls devoured! This jam really has me stumped for words. It’s sweet and rich and not like anything I have had before. It’s fabulous! A friend also tried this jam and here are her thoughts: “Blueberry Almond, we can all say this was absolutely mouth watering -the combination between the sweet blueberry and the smooth almond had us spreading it on everything we could think of. Great combo.”.
This is the jar of jam that I hope I always have in my pantry. It’s delicious! Ingredients include carrots from Sam Mazza’s, lemon juice, and cinnamon. I grab this jam (daily) when I need something sweet or a quick snack.
From John: “The biggest thing – we want to be unique, something for the modern pantry and could be experimented with.”. John’s Carrot Jam has endless possibilities. Add it to a salad dressing or marinade. Pair with fine cheese. Have fun with your food!
Here are two more of Marsh Hollow’s creations. John told us that he follows the seasons and buys as many ingredients from local farmers and producers as possible (including ciders and beers). Fall means apple season here in Vermont. My lucky taste testing friend said this about John’s Apple Chutney: “Chutney – we all loved the tang and sweetness combined. Thumbs up!”. I need to share the Orange Rhubarb Jam with my mom as she is the one in the family that looks for oj with extra pulp and I know she will enjoy this chunky tart jam. It’s breakfast sunshine in a jar.
Onion Jam from Marsh Hollow is another to be creative with or inspired by. While you can certainly enjoy this jam on crackers, dare to think outside of the box. Think grilled bruschetta with goat cheese. Think roasted chicken with an onion jam glaze.
My friend Emily was happy to share this jar of Onion Jam. Here are her thoughts: “I decided to try cooking with the jam. We used this recipe from Martha Stewart, I served it with a side of Swiss Chard and Mashed Cauliflower. My kiddos loved it. The chicken was moist and delicious and paired well with the Chard. It was a lovely fall meal.”
Chef Courtney Contos carries Marsh Hollow Jams in her Shelburne store. When I asked her about John’s jams she told me: “Marsh Hollow Jams highlight everything that I look for in a Jam. The fruit shines due to the quality and integrity put into each jar.”.
Look for a private label # 9 jam for sale from Magic Hat and Christmas Jam with strawberries, orange and cranberries. You can find Marsh Hollow Jams at The Butchery in Waitsfield, Guild Fine Meats in Burlington, Red Hen in Middlesex, Waitsfield farmers market, Essex farmers market, as well as on Facebook. They are currently working on their website and we will let you know as soon as it’s updated!
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