Michiganders are Serving up Mouth-Puckering Preserves

Local jam companies are popping up, and their concoctions are taking off. 

Grosse Pointe-based Slow Jams, founded in 2011 and initially sold just at Eastern Market, now retails its products at Plum Market, Kroger, and a host of local restaurants, markets and shops. 

Owner Shannon Byrne started the company with her homemade creations; each jar of Slow Jams is still handmade from 100 percent Michigan fruit. The jam comes in flavors like spiced apple, blueberry lavender, cranberry red onion, blackberry ginger and many more; Byrne’s blog offers recipes for creative ways to enjoy her fruity creations.

Meanwhile, Detroit’s Beau Bien Fine Foods, founded in 2010, makes a range of fruit preserves, along with chutney and mustard. The company’s founders, Noelle Lothamer and Molly O’Meara, share Byrne’s commitment to using Michigan produce. Its products, including Michigan Apple Mustard and preserves in flavors like peach bourbon vanilla, strawberry hibiscus and apricot Riesling, can be found in markets, shops and grocery stores across Michigan, and the company is planning to open its own shop in Eastern Market by the spring.

The jars make distinctive client thank-you gifts, or a perfect accompaniment to a cheese platter at your next meeting.  

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