Sara’s Blog Update

At Jack’s and Steamers Coffee shop we have been making jams and jellies for about 4 years now. Jenni is in charge of production and works with the employees along with the job coaches to get the whole process done, from processing the fruit to cooking it, canning it, labeling it, and selling it. We sell our jam, jelly and pie fillings at our coffee shop, online, and at farmers markets and holiday markets. Meet Sara, one of our employees who makes jam and sells it at the farmers markets. Below are some of Sara’s memories and thoughts about making jam at Steamers. I’ve been working at Steamers for maybe two years. I like working here, my favorite part about my job is making jams. I like working with Jenni. My favorite kind of jam to eat is the strawberry champagne. My favorite kind of jam to make is raspberry. I like everything about making jam. There’s nothing I don’t like about it. My favorite part about making jams is going to the markets. We sell our jams at the farmers market. We went to the mall to sell jam at Pottery Barn and we go to the Arvada center. We go there around Christmas for the Christmas market. I helped set up and talked to customers. I get to talk to people and help them decide what kind of jam they want to buy. My favorite part about selling jam is helping Jenni make change and giving people their money. The first thing we do when we make jam is get the fruit. We pour the fruit into a pot. Then we cook the fruit and stir it. When the fruit is cooking we add sugar and pectin. I have to stir the jam for a long time, like maybe for an hour. When the jam is cooked we put it in jars. We take the jars out of the hot water with the tongs. I dump the hot water out of the jars. I use a funnel and then scoop the jam into the jars. I watch the jars to make sure they don’t get too full. After the jars are full I put the lids on. The jars need labels too. I write my name on the labels for the lids. I work hard with Jenni to make the jam taste good for customers. I feel happy and proud…