Meet Michael Fraley: The Green Jam Man. Michael started his company three years ago with the encouragement of friends. His business has been rapidly growing and he now puts out more than eighty flavors of jams, jellies, and marmalade. Michael tells us why and how he is able to produce so many flavors: “Summer is definitely a heavy jam time because I use as much local fruit as I can get my hands on. If it grows in Vermont then I only source it from Vermont. This also means that not every flavor is available all year long. The winter is heavy with different marmalades as winter is the best time for U.S. Citrus.”
Visit The Green Jam Man online and check out the long list of creative flavor combinations. Blackberry Sage, Honey Bay Fig. Maple Cinnamon Pear, Strawberry Plum Rosemary. Michael’s best selling product is his Habenaro Jelly, which is sweetened with dried apricots. His personal favorite is Black Currant which he tells us is “sooo good”. Michael lists Nectarine Basil Meyer Lemon Marmalade as his most creative product.
I shared two products from The Green Jam Man with friends and here are their reviews:
“I was intrigued by the unknown ingredient, “Bergamot,” in Green Jam Man’s Bergamot Vanilla Marmalade. Before learning online that, “citrus bergamia, the Bergamot orange, is a fragrant fruit the size of an orange, with a yellow colour similar to a lemon,” I tried the jam with crackers but the perfumed smell was overpowering and the soft “rind” too textured. However, I gave it another try by spreading it on a toasted piece of Manghi’s Bakery (Montpelier) bread with Kate’s Homemade Butter (from Maine) and found that when matched with a savory component, the marmalade became a perfect complement. I confirmed my suspicion with a Marmalade and Vermont Peanut Butter Company (from Morrisville) almond butter sandwich, converting me as a fan of the citrusy blend of Bergamot orange, vanilla and lemon.” -Kelly
“Wow, surprised by how much I like this!! The cardamon and mace lend a delicate flavor. Since I’m lazy, and don’t make fancy lunches, my favorite way to eat the Tomato Jam is dolloped on top of a cracker with extra sharp cheddar cheese.” -Aubrey
Michael has a Recipe section on his website that I recommend you check out. He is really creative with not only the creation of his products but in how he enjoys them as well. I asked him to share some of the ways to use his products and he said: “My jam is great on toast or on top of plain Greek yogurt. You can also put it over cheese, as a side to meat, or on a peanut butter and jelly. You can also muddle it in a mixed drink. Glaze a cake with it. It really depends on the flavor. I create each one with a purpose in mind.”
You can find the Green Jam Man products at the Burlington Farmer’s Market, Healthy Living in South Burlington, As the Crow Flies in St Albans as well as online.
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