Orange & 10 Year Single Malt Whiskey Marmalade from Blake Hill Farm, Grafton, Vermont.
Blake Hill Preserves of Grafton, Vermont, makes artisanal jams, chutneys and marmalades in a Vermont-cottage kitchen using fruit that is sun-ripened on the vine and sourced from local farms when in season. Vicky Allard and Joe Hanglin, the founders of Blake Hill Preserves, hand select all of the fruit that goes into their line of unique all-natural preserves. With each jar of jam, chutney and marmalade, Vicky and Joe strive to capture the pure essence of fruit at its peak of ripeness, using recipes inspired by their unique culinary heritage and travels around the world.
Vicky Allard and Joe Hanglin formed Blake Hill Preserves in 2009. One weekend, Vicky turned a bumper crop of wild blackberries growing on Blake Hill Farm into 70 jars of glistening jam. A friend who was visiting snuck a jar of this jam to the local grocery store and returned an hour later with the newspaper and Vicky’s first jam order. Blake Hill Preserves gives Vicky and Joe the chance to cultivate their love of traditional preserve making and to constantly explore new recipes for creating the most delicious, artisanal jams, chutneys and marmalades from the highest-quality, locally-sourced ingredients.
Vicky is a third-generation preserve maker from Hampshire, England who learned the craft of jam making from her mother. Her grandmother was the resident chutney expert. Vicky spent much of her childhood in her mother’s kitchen surrounded by the intoxicating, sweet aroma of fresh-fruit jams bubbling away on the stove. She watched—and eventually began to help—as her mother filled jar after jar with gleaming, jewel-toned preserves made with locally-sourced fruit. When Vicky was not in the kitchen, she was out and about at area farms with her father picking the ripest, juiciest berries for her mother to turn into preserves.
Joe grew up in Gibraltar, at the entrance to the Mediterranean between Spain and Morocco, and has British, Spanish and Italian ancestry. Joe’s mother and grandmother were formidable cooks who sourced all their food locally. One of his most vivid childhood memories is of helping his mother shop for spices, fresh fruits and vegetables at the Saturday farmers’ market in Spain and then cooking Spanish-and-Moroccan-influenced food with his mother and grandmother back at home. Joe’s culinary influence on Blake Hill Preserves is clear, especially in the line of chutneys, which are made with the highest-quality fresh fruits and vegetables and ground spices often inspired by Moroccan tagines or the flavors of the Middle East.
Blake Hill Farm sits on the hillsides of Blake Hill at the end of a quiet country lane near historic Grafton Village in Vermont’s Green Mountains. During their first summer at the farm, Vicky and Joe discovered an abundance of wild blackberry and raspberry bushes to which they added blueberries, gooseberries and blush-pink rhubarb, all of which they use in their line of artisanal jams, chutneys and marmalades.
Vicky and Joe believe that only the highest quality ingredients should go into any jar of Blake Hill Preserves, and they should be locally grown whenever possible on organic farms, or farms that practice ecologically sensitive farming practices. They consider themselves lucky to be able to source almost all of the fresh fruits and vegetables they use from local farms, many within 20 miles of Blake Hill Farm.
Blake Hill Farm Marmalade
Blake Hill’s unique marmalade creations are simply inspired by the fresh produce growing on the farm – for example, their Grapefruit, Lemon & Thyme marmalade is infused with a posey of thyme from their kitchen garden; and some of their favorite seasonal treats – for example, their Lemon, Lime & Aged 100% Agave Tequila marmalade, created one summer evening over a cold Margarita. During the local harvest season, Blake Hill’s five marmalade varieties are joined by seasonal favorites such as Vermont Watermelon, Grapefruit & Mint.
Blake Hill marmalades are completely natural; Vicky and Joe never use commercial pectin, corn syrup, citric acid or preservatives. Instead, they focus on fresh whole citrus fruits, freshly squeezed juice and cane sugar.
Blake Hill Preserves’ marmalades provide a bright, fresh start to any day, however are equally delicious served with grilled shrimp, as a glaze for roast pork or chicken, partnered with a creamy aged cheese, or poach with pears. Let your creativity run wild with our marmalades!
Try Blake Hill’s Lemon, Lime & Aged 100% Agave Tequila Marmalade, Orange & 10 Year Single Malt Whiskey Marmalade, and Grapefruit, Lemon & Lime Marmalade, available at Wild Oats Market in Williamstown, MA.