About the Maker
Hi! I’m Lori, the owner/operator of Georgia Jams, LLC. I am a classically trained pastry chef, graduating from Florida Culinary Institute in 2008. I made my way back to Georgia soon after pastry school and started dabbling in preserving that summer. My dad gave me a copy of the Ball Blue Book (the handbook on canning and preserving), my great-grandmother’s old tools, and a little guidance to set me off in the right direction. I made my first batch of jelly, muscadine to be exact, and I declared it an immediate failure. Jam was something I had to conquer. Those first batches—although bad—taught me a lot. Learning from my mistakes, I started producing batches worth eating. That “worth eating” product quickly developed into a line of low-sugar fruit spreads that will change your idea of what jam should be.
Why our spreads are better:
I don’t actually make jams, jellies, or preserves. Our product is considered a “fruit spread” as the brix, or sugar content doesn’t meet the minimum requirement for Department of Agriculture definitions for jams, jellies, preserves, marmalades, or fruit butters. I proudly use Pomona’s pectin in all of my spreads. Pomona’s isn’t like the grocery store pectin that requires a 50/50 ratio of sugar and fruit to set properly. (That’s a lot of sugar, y’all!) Pomona’s pectin allows me to use as little sugar as I like and still provides a soft set to my spreads. Pectin is a vegan product found naturally in fruits; don't confuse it with gelatin which is used to make Jell-O.
I make all of my spreads with the best of the season’s harvest, over 25 flavors throughout the year. By choosing fresh, local, in-season fruits for my spreads, I am able to keep the sugar content low as the flavor of the ripe fruit sings out. I don’t believe in straining, so if the fruit has edible seeds so does my spread. I keep the peels in my muscadine the way my great-grandmother did, and I still hand-peel pears. You'll recognize all of the ingredients on the label. That's a promise.
I use Zulka pure evaporated cane juice in my spreads. This sugar is light brown in color, not white, and is not strained through bone char like commercial granulated sugar. Zulka sugar is vegan and non-gmo.
Take a look at the ingredient list, and you’ll see our fruit spreads do not contain any of the following ingredients:
Additives * Flavor enhancers * Preservatives * Added Colors or Flavorings
About our farmers and purveyors:
Over the years we’ve developed relationships with our farmers who work tirelessly to grow the best possible fruits for my spreads. I make every effort to source my fruits from local farms. Using Georgia Grown is my top priority. Here are some of the farmers and purveyors we’re proud to work with:
Mercier Orchards, Blue Ridge, GA - apples
Pearson’s Farm, Fort Valley, GA - peaches
Mitcham Farms, Oxford, GA - strawberries
Miss Wendy, Fayetteville, GA – figs
The Farm at Meadowlark Gardens, Griffin, GA – hot peppers
Southern Grace Farms, Enigma, GA – blackberries and blueberries
Richland Rum Distillery, Richland, GA - Almost Rum cane syrup
Most of our flavors are available for a limited time throughout the year. If Georgia has a bountiful harvest on a fruit crop, we benefit from that harvest, but the reverse is true as well. We had an ice storm in 2013 that killed back our fig trees and left us without a fig harvest for a few years. Peach season was shortened in 2017, and the fast and furious peach harvest left everyone wanting more. While some folks may look at seasonality as an inconvenience, I see it as a landmark of quality. Cooking with the seasons allows me to have new fruit flavor to offer every few weeks and keeps our customers craving more. When your favorite flavor is in season, be prepared to stock up if you can't live without it!
About my kitchen
My Georgia Jams are made in a certified kitchen, inspected by the Department of Agriculture for safety and sanitary standards. My kitchen is located in Griffin, GA, and is simply a production kitchen and not open to the public. I do not have a retail store at my kitchen location, but please check out our shop locally tab to find a store near you.