Homemade Lea Valley blackberry jam / marmalade for local delivery in East London

These jars are domestic surplus – unpreserved preserves. The blackberries are from the old Lammas lands of Walthamstow Marsh, Hackney Marsh, Leyton Marsh, Waterworks Meadow etc., the Seville oranges from sunny Spain via New Spitalfields. Both jam and marmalade are prepared using New Spitalfields lemons and a gallimaufry of golden granulated and other Tesco sugars. Checked for wildlife, but you never know. Value unlikely to increase with age. Net weight probably between 320 and 454 grams, and depends on which jar comes out of the cupboard first. Jars are recycled and still often bear the original branding. Fans include top Hackney winebar & deli Bottle & Blade.

Only available for in-person delivery on foot in the E2, E3, E5, E8, E9 and N16 postcodes. Woocommerce currently doesn’t let me refuse orders from other postcodes, so if you make one I’ll have to refund.

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The first photo shows an awful arachnid (a wasp spider aka Argiope bruennichi, says MM) guarding a favourite patch. The third is of blackberry vodka in preparation, but that goes quickly at source. I blog/tweet about blackberrying and the marshes occasionally, but shamefully never seem to manage to take any action photos during the season.

My jar vacuums are more powerful than shop ones. Confronted with a recalcitrant pot, I put on my Wehrmacht cap and beat dents into the lid with a rolling pin or hammer, crying, “Aufmachen!”, “Open up!” Then I twist again.

I’ve had a quasi-religious relationship with blackberries since one Friday in August years ago. I’d been spending a lot of energy on a doomed banking project and the rest in increasingly bizarre nocturnal escapades, and in order to relax I decided it would be a smart idea to pedal down from London after work for a beer festival at the Flower Pots at Cheriton, when Loopy was still brewing in the shed. I followed the Thames till Walton then struck out south over quieter roads through Woking and Guildford, from which point I felt increasingly terrible. By the time I got to Alresford I could barely cycle, and just short of Cheriton I collapsed into a hedge – full of blackberries. There I sat and ate for well over an hour until my digestion was destroyed but my legs could continue. Marvellous things.

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Type of preserve

Marmalade (2021), Marmalade (2020), Blackberry (2019), Blackberry (2020)

Net weight exceeds (g)


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