Little Italy Mercato Jams!
WE BE JAMMIN'!
The latest English sensation to tear up the American charts is all natural jam artist Rachel of Really Good Jams, currently appearing live at the Little Italy Mercato on Saturdays and rocking out some of her greatest hits including Strawberry Champagne Jam; Onion, Fig and Balsamic Marmalade, and, when it's time to slow it down a little bit and dance real close with the one you love, Rustic Orange Whiskey Marmalade. Each of her creations is based on a strong beat of fresh local fruits with just enough organic sugar to make it smooth but never too sweet.
If your taste runs to the savory, fear not, Rachel's got a tune for you, too. Her authentic English style piccalilli is a tangy, tasty blend of pickled local cauliflower and other vegetables with zesty mustard and spices, and it's the key ingredient to a traditional British ploughman's lunch. At its simplest, the ploughman's lunch is a hunk of your favorite cheese (from Taste Cheese, of course), a thick slice of bread and a generous scoop of picalilli. Dress it up if you like with an apple from Smit, some celery or carrots from Sage Mountain Farm, and a cooked sausage from DaLe Ranch (served cold). In England it's served with a pint of locally brewed ale, and we think that's a fine idea.
Find strawberry jam at Suzie's Farm Stand, and Morocco Gold Date Jam at, you know.
Want to spice things up? Try Scratch for fiery jalapeno or habanero jams that are sure to wake up your tastebuds. Slice some fresh bread from Belen Bakery or Bread and Cie, stack with roast pork from DaLe Ranch, Springhill Farms Pepper Jack cheese, and jalapeno jam from Scratch for a spicy local twist on the Monte Cristo sandwich. To take it all the way home, dip in beaten egg from your favorite farm stand and grill in a bit of Springhill Farms butter until brown on both sides and gooey in the middle. Now you're jammin'!
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