Last winter, while perusing articles about Michigan’s Upper Peninsula for an upcoming trip, I kept stumbling upon the Jampot. It seemed to be a must-visit kind of place. So, on our trip to the U.P. earlier this month, we stopped by.
The Jampot is a little confectionary shop in the Keweenaw Peninsula that’s operated by the brothers of the Society of St. John, a Catholic Monastery of the Byzantine Rite. They make jams, jellies, conserves, bakery goods, and confections.
And, in fact, on a Saturday morning in July, it was quite crowded. But waiting in line was a good way for Bill and me to make our jam choices.
In the end, we walked out with nearly a dozen jars of jam and two dark chocolate truffles.
It is definitely worth the visit because they make a variety of preserves that you wouldn’t find in your local grocery store, or even at your local farmers’ market. Such as thimbleberry. I never even heard of a thimbleberry until I went to the Keweenaw Peninsula. That’s because it usually grows in boreal forests or high altitudes. While we were hiking there, we saw tons of them.
Here’s the selection of preserves we brought home, minus a few that we’ve given away to friends.
Our first choice to try at home? Wild Strawberry, which has a very intense strawberry flavor…nothing like you’d ever buy in the store!
We think we’ll be ordering from the Jampot online to stock up for winter!