PARKERSBURG — Pineapple jam, produced from pineapples grown in West Virginia …
A partnership between Gritt’s Farm in Buffalo, W.Va., and In A Jam of Parkersburg resulted in a creation which representatives from each teams felt was distinctive in selling West Virginia meals merchandise.
The 2 firms got here collectively to provide a limited-edition Pineapple Jam utilizing pineapples grown at Gritt’s Farm.
“I attempt to do jams and jellies made with regionally grown fruits,” mentioned In A Jam proprietor Andrea Duke.
She had met Brad Gritt with Gritt’s Farm a variety of years again and had offered some merchandise to the farm.
“(Gritt’s Farm) took on a undertaking a few years in the past to develop a crop of pineapples in one in every of their greenhouses they usually have been profitable with that,” Duke mentioned. “They reached out to me about doing a pineapple jam and collaborating collectively.
“They grew the pineapples, I went down and we obtained to select them and we made the jam out of it so we might provide this regionally grown pineapple product collectively.”
In A Jam began first as a passion after which turned a enterprise in 2016. It began with just a few jars of Strawberry Jam at an area farmers market and has grown to now embrace round 20 kinds of jams obtainable all through a number of areas of the U.S. The jams and jellies are crafted in small batches.
Duke had not accomplished a pineapple jam earlier than and had issues if she would have the ability to do it and the way it might come out. It turned out to be successful with out having to do an excessive amount of work to good the method.
“It was one thing new,” she mentioned. “I used to be actually nervous about it. I didn’t understand how the consistency would work out or how it might arrange, however it did rather well.
“The take a look at batch got here out good.”
Brad Gritt, normal supervisor for Gritt’s Farms, mentioned they’ve been doing hydroponics in greenhouses for the reason that Nineteen Eighties and have been doing citrus fruits over the previous few years, together with lemons, limes, grapefruits and extra.
It has taken a few years to develop the pineapples they’ve and the fruit was ripening this 12 months.
Pineapple bushes have the flexibility to provide a number of pineapples per 12 months, mentioned Alexandra Pfost, advertising and agritourism supervisor for Gritt’s Farm. They have been taking a look at the most effective methods they may get them into the palms of the most individuals.
Gritt had met Duke in 2018 and he or she had accomplished some work for him associated to his marriage ceremony and thought a jam can be the most effective use of the pineapples they’d grown.
Duke did round 200 jars of jam that went on sale on the farm on April 8.
“They offered fairly a little bit of it that day,” she mentioned.
It was effectively obtained by their clients and was described as “scrumptious” by a few of their clients, Gritt mentioned.
“It’s a distinctive product,” he mentioned. “We’re at all times searching for enjoyable issues to do with meals.”
Gritt’s Farms shall be internet hosting a farm dinner this month the place the chef will embrace a number of the pineapple jam in one of many dishes. Gritt mentioned tickets for that dinner have already offered out.
There was sufficient pineapple left to do an extra 150 jars, bringing the entire as much as 350 jars, Duke mentioned.
“They contacted me and we’re going to do some extra with what we had left,” she mentioned. “It is vitally restricted, however it was this chance to place collectively two small West Virginia companies and do that product that you wouldn’t usually have the ability to make in West Virginia.”
Because it takes a pair years to develop pineapples, each Gritt and Duke mentioned it may very well be one other two years or so earlier than they may do the jam once more.
It was essential for Duke to do that undertaking as a result of her entire enterprise is predicated on having good West Virginia merchandise and being part of the West Virginia Grown program with the state Division of Agriculture.
“It was a singular alternative to have the ability to work with one other enterprise and make one thing that individuals can take pleasure in that isn’t usually obtainable in our space,” she mentioned.
It additionally ties into the mission of Gritt’s Farm to ship distinctive merchandise and experiences to the individuals of West Virginia, Pfost mentioned.
“Pineapple rising is one other piece to the Gritt’s Farm story and speaks to the household’s progressive practices,” she mentioned. “Gritt’s Farm takes pleasure in making an attempt new issues, supporting fellow native companies, and creating particular experiences proper right here in our dwelling state.”
The jam is out there, whereas provides final, on-line at www.grittsfarm.com.
Duke can have a number of the pineapple jam obtainable Saturday at The Minted Classic Market occasion on the Wooden County 4-H grounds on Butcher Bend Street in Mineral Wells. The jam prices $8.99 a jar. She can even have a few of her different kinds of jams obtainable.
Brett Dunlap could be reached at [email protected]