Welcome! I'm Caroline Mello, I run the Specialty Foods portion of the farm operation here at Waterford Run Farm & Forge. My specialty is Artisanal Jams, all hand made in small batches here on the farm in my traditional French style copper preserving pan.
You can find me at the following farmer's markets:
Saturday mornings from 8 am-12 pm until Nov. 17th @ the corner of 5th and Lee Streets, Warrenton VA.
Every other Saturday from 10 am - 2 pm at The Village Market hosted by the Inn at Little Washington. (remaining dates we are attending for the 2018 season are 9/15, 9/29, 10/13, 10/27).
My current flavor offerings are:
Blackberry w Bourbon & Vanilla Bean
Brandied Cherry & Wild Blueberry
Chai Spiced Peach
Dark Hollow Stout Beer Jelly
Fiery Habañero Pepper Jelly
Fig with Rum & Black Cardamom
Peach w Raspberry & Hibiscus
Spiced Tomato with Bourbon
Spicy Wine Jelly
Tart Cherry with Candied Ginger
Tomato & Saffron
Wild Blueberry & Lemon
8 oz. jar - $8 each
1.5 oz jar - $2.50 (flavor availability varies)
Heavenly Lemon Curd
12 oz jar- $12 each
4.5oz jar- $5 each
I encourage my customers to "think outside the jar"! Jams aren't just for toast or PB & J's! You may see things in the line-up that sound strange, but these can make some incredible pairings!
Here are some suggestions:
Try a dollop of Wild Blueberry & Lemon jam on top of your favorite pancakes or waffles for a bright pop of flavor!
Jams are great stirred into oatmeal or yogurt. (To avoid being too sweet I recommend using unsweetened or plain yogurt before adding your jam of choice).
Try pairing my Tomato & Saffron Jam with blue cheese. Fig Jam with Rum & Black Cardamom is perfect paired with a nice creamy Brie.
Spiced Tomato & Bourbon and Tomato with Smoked Paprika are also a stand-out additions to any cheese plate.
Tart Cherry Jam with Candied Ginger is great with Ricotta or Chèvre on a crostini.
Perhaps the most popular of all: Fiery Habañero Jelly slathered over cream cheese, served with crackers.
Wine Jelly- everyone knows about wine and cheese being a match made in heaven...so Wine Jelly & cheese just makes sense! Take some along for your next wine tasting or picnic.
Try Dark Hollow Stout Beer Jelly with a sharp cheddar or Asiago cheese.
Savory Applications: If you like a little spice add some Fiery Habañero Jelly to your next glaze or marinade. It makes a great chicken wing sauce when mixed with a little melted butter and Frank's hot sauce. Its also great right on top of a burger or pork chop!
My nice Tart Cherry with Candied Ginger jam makes a great addition to a pork tenderloin or duck breast.
Beer Jelly makes a great glaze for meats or sauteed mushrooms.
Dessert:Make an easy and impressive dessert trifle with pound cake and your favorite jam layered with whipped cream.
From the day after Thanksgiving until Christmas Eve my jams will be available for sale at Oak Shade Farm, my Grandparent's Christmas Tree Farm, which is adjacent to our farm in Rixeyville, VA. Please click on the farm name to visit their website for more information and hours of operation or call Jim & Sally Mello at (540) 937-5062.
Please contact Caroline with any questions you may have regarding products, availability, etc.
Many of these jams are seasonal offerings and supplies may be limited.