The best in handmade jams – win a hamper

It’s been a great year for the fruit harvest. Farmers have been reporting bumper crops, following a perfect mix of rain and sunshine during the summer and ideal conditions earlier in the year. Plums, apples and pears have all had high yields and it’s expected to be a good year for the vineyards too.

One company that will be cherishing the increase is Thursday Cottage, a real cottage industry who make handmade jams, marmalades and curds, which they hope will be the best in the world. They’re not doing too badly either with prestigious awards just recently for their Organic Damson Jam and Lime Curd, and they have a range of their goods displayed at Selfridges.

Nor do they mind the odd experiment, developing mouthwatering preserves like blood orange and pink grapefruit marmalade, nurturing tayberries for a very fine fruit jam or getting into the Christmas spirit with curiosities like tangerine marmalade with cointreau. GoodnessDirect stock their organic range and you may be attracted to their ‘special diet’ spreads too. You can visit their website to see their full range of preserves.

With Christmas approaching the humble jam makers would like you to sample their Thursday Cottage wares, so I’ve been sent a fine hamper of preserves, marmalades, curds, and various Christmas titbits including puddings, mincemeat and brandy butter. I’m offering it as a prize draw so send me an email if you want to enter (closing date 6 Novemeber 2009).

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