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Making marmalade with Blue Chair Fruit Company

on July 7, 2011

For 10 years, Rachel Saunders made jam on the side, mostly for friends. Then, she said, making jam “sort of became more of a hobby.”

Saunders launched Blue Chair Fruit Company, which makes artisan jam and marmalade, in North Oakland in 2008.

“It was just something I knew I had to do,” she said.

Blue Chair Fruit makes between 50 and 100 flavors a year from the Grace Street Catering’s kitchen at Martin Luther King, Jr. Way and 47th Street, and sells it at the Temescal and Grand Lake farmers’ markets and retail stores mainly in California.

Last Thursday afternoon, Saunders and employees Joann Huynh and Luz Lopez chopped through 360 pounds of white nectarines to make marmalade. Hit the play button to find out how they did it.

For more information on Blue Chair Fruit, visit the company’s website.


Click the audio player to learn about making jam.

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  1. […] on the income raised through homemade jars of marmalade and preserves. However, in a city where local food companies like Blue Chair Fruit garner national press and even cookbook deals for their jams, it might come as a surprise that the […]

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