Jalapeño Jam and other Add-Ons!

 Howdy, folks!  In your CSA box there is always a delicious variety of produce, but did you know about the delicious variety of add-ons that you can get as well?  There is green fed ground beef, sustainably raised, there are farm fresh eggs from free-ranged chickens fed certified organic veggies from right here at Sage Mountain Farm, and if those weren’t enough you can also get local organic honey, trail mix, and jalapeño jam!

I want to feature the Jalapeño Jam in this post.  Just to give you a heads up, I had never had a pepper jam before this and I didn’t know what to expect, but boy was I blown away!  This jam is made from two varieties of Sage Mountain Farm‘s peppers, a sweet green bell pepper and the ever-popular in So-Cal…jalapeño pepper.  The jam is emerald green and every bit as delicious as it is enticing to look at.

My kids were really excited to give this jam a try and before I could come up with some recipe to feature it in they wanted to use it in their PB&Js for lunch.  I was hesitant, so I had them try a tiny bit on a spoon first.  Not only did they love it in their sandwiches that day but they kept asking for it, day after day!  One of them said that it reminded them of the sweet and spiciness of orange chicken.  So for my first suggestion, substitute this sweet/hot jam for your usual fare on a PB&J and you will be happy you did.

Another sandwich to enjoy Jalapeño Jam in is a cream cheese and jelly sandwich.  Since we eat a whole food, plant-based diet in our house we used a cashew cream cheese, but if your family enjoys dairy products then regular spreadable cream cheese will fit the bill nicely.  I liked mine toasted best.  One piece of toasted bread spread with cream cheese and the other piece spread with a generous layer of spicy sweet goodness!  Sandwich them together and devour!  This flavor combination also works wonderfully on crackers, which is what you see in the photo above.

I’ve read online that pepper jams are great glazes for meat, and I’ll bet for veggies too, but sadly our jar of Jalapeño Jam was empty long before I was able to make a “real recipe” with it.  We gobbled this stuff up, seriously… It’s so good!

Whether it’s the jam or another one of the great add-on choices available, I encourage everyone to give at least one of them a try.  These yummy choices are also available at our farmer’s market stands as well, so even if you don’t subscribe to our CSA, you can still enjoy some new and delightful tastes from Sage Mountain Farm.