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  • Writer's pictureJillian Rebello

A visit to Blake Hill preservatory



In March 2024, the Chex Marketing team hit the road to visit some of our favorite artisan producers from Vermont. Our first stop was Blake Hill Preserves, in beautiful Windsor, Vermont. The Blake Hill production facility, and Specialty Preserves Shop are a hidden gem for food enthusiasts and lovers of artisanal craftsmanship alike. You can tell as soon as the doors are opened, that this family-owned business, warmly welcomes visitors and enthusiastically shares their passion for Vermont, artisan craftsmanship, and delicious foods.


A Taste of Tradition

As we stepped into the welcoming ambiance of Blake Hill Preserves, we were immediately greeted not only by Lindsay (Director of all things jam) and Geraldine (Director of sales) but also by the aroma of fresh fruits, spices, and simmering preserves. The shelves, which are adorned with colorful jars of jams, chutneys, and marmalades evoke a sense of nostalgia, reminiscent of homemade goodness and New England charm.


We stepped past the storefront, and into the production facility where all of the jams are made. There, we were greeted by founder Vicky Allard who assured us that she (along with husband Joe Hanglin) see Blake Hill Preserves not just a business; but as a labor of love rooted in a unique appreciation for classic English fruit preserves, a modern innovative pantry, and Vermont's rich agricultural heritage. With a commitment to using locally sourced, organic ingredients whenever possible, each of their products reflects a dedication to quality and community.




Behind the Scenes

A tour of the production facility offered us a glimpse into the meticulous craftsmanship and attention to detail that goes into every batch of preserves. From hand-sorting and processing the ripest fruits to carefully blending spices and cooking in small batches, the process is as much an art form as it is a science.


The heart of Blake Hill Preserves lies in its family-centric approach to production. Did you know that each of the six kettles where the preserves are hand stirred was named by a Blake Hill team member? Everyone who plays a part in bringing Blake Hill preserves to life takes pride in ensuring that each jar meets the highest standards of excellence. It's not just about making preserves; it's about preserving a legacy of culinary excellence for generations to come. Their facility is gearing up for an expansion (planned for summer 2024) to double their space and capacity. 



Flavorful Discoveries

The true highlight of any visit to Blake Hill Preserves is the opportunity to indulge in a tasting experience like no other. From classic favorites like raspberry jam to adventurous blends like blueberry lemon thyme marmalade, there's something to tantalize every palate.


Sample jars line the storefront and guests are encouraged to try each and every one; showcasing the versatility of Blake Hill Preserves, and demonstrating how they can elevate even the simplest of dishes to culinary masterpieces. We tried (among many, many others) the Raspberry Mostarda; paired with Harbison cheese, and Effies Oatcakes- YUM. The real challenge was trying to choose which jar to take home!



Community and Connection

Beyond the delectable flavors and exquisite craftsmanship, what sets Blake Hill Preserves apart is its sense of community and connection. Visitors are not just customers; they're welcomed as friends, invited to share stories, swap recipes, and chat about a shared love of food. Pro tip: make sure to ask for a recipe card or two. Blake Hill has a stunning and delicious recipe card available to take home for each of their products.


If you are headed to Vermont, a visit to Blake Hill Preserves is an experience not to be missed. With each jar, you're not just savoring preserves; you're savoring a piece of true Vermont artisanship. >>>Click here to learn more!

 



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