Who needs a jam CSA anyway? Cat ladies living off English muffins and pots of Constant Comment, with jar-a-week habits? Hoarders stuffing their larders? The answer, for lovers of Blue Chair jam who happen to live in San Francisco, is anyone who wants to avoid bridge fare.
Blue Chair - Rachel Saunders' premium, high-end preserves made with organic, small-producer fruit ― shows up at two Oakland farmers' markets, Temescal and Grand Lake. Which means that if you're stuck in S.F., you're limited to buying retail.
Last night Blue Chair's Rachel Saunders announced the launch of a jam CSA ― er, CSJ. How it works: You sign up for three months, and each month you order three jars from a menu. The jars ship to Omnivore Books, where you have to shlep for the pickup. The cost: $96. Steep for jam, unless you're that cat lady or hoarder we mentioned. Of course, you could always just go to Bi-Rite, where a 6-ounce jar costs $10.99 (essentially the same price). But being a CSJ member, you get first crack at seasonal flavors ― something you can flaunt when you host your weekly knitting circle, and just casually drop a dish of new-release Black Mission Fig with your craggy, homemade scones. In. Your. Face.
The first CSJ pick-up is in November. Sign up at Blue Chair's website.