Sweet, Savory and Spicy Jams for the Modern Pantry
Blake Hill Preserves is an English fruit preservatory in Vermont creating innovative sweet, savory and spicy jams, marmalades and condiments for the modern pantry. A family business owned by Vicky and Joe, we combine three generations of preserve-making skills with innovative yet super elegant flavors and the finest ingredients for health-conscious customers.
Our collections include a bespoke Cheese Pairing range designed with award-winning cheese makers for pairings from classic cheddar to big creamy blues. Our exquisite Botanical Jams feature wild flowers from our Vermont meadows and slow infusions to capture the freshness of our botanicals. Newest editions are our Savory and Spicy Pantry which includes fresh chilis for big flavor jams perfect for glazing, grilling and roasting, and our Naked Jams which are 100% pure fruit and no added sugar.
Our passion for making the finest jams is matched by our passion for community. We strive for Blake Hill to be a force for good by offering a diverse, positive work environment; strong compensation levels and benefits; buying local to support fellow businesses; donation programs to support community organizations and help good food be available for all; and be an environmentally sustainable business through efficient energy and minimum waste policies.
Blake Hill’s sweet, savory and spicy jams have garnered multiple wins at the international Specialty Food Association’s SOFIs, the US Good Food Awards, and the World Marmalade Awards, and we are available nationwide at specialty food stores, and served on the plate and cheese board at restaurants and other fine establishments.
Our Jam Journey
European Heritage and Early Global Adventures
Growing up in England, Vicky spent childhood summers on farms and foraging with her family for the finest fruits to make jam for a pantryful of preserved treats for enjoyment year round - a family tradition handed down through generations of sustainable living from the land. Joe grew up 1,400 miles away in Gibraltar - a British colony on the tip of the Iberian peninsula, with a Spanish, North African and Italian cooking heritage, and a natural intuition of the unique characters and best uses for a wide range of spices. Add to this their ten years working and traveling throughout Asia, South America and the Middle East before settling in the US, Blake Hill embodies a unique blend of preserve making traditions with a deep love and appreciation of flavors around the world.
Started on our Farm by Friends
Blake Hill is not just a preserves company, it is where we live - an 1800s farming property nestled in the mountains surrounding the tiny village of Grafton Vermont, population 600, and voted one of New England’s prettiest towns. Settling here in 2005, we reclaimed an old sheep barn for our home and started enjoying simple country life, including making jams from the abundant wild berries surrounding our farmhouse. One late summer day in 2009, a friend snuck a jar of our homemade Wild Blackberry and Apple jam to Grafton’s Village Store and won our first order. Quickly selling out, we replenished their stock, and Blake Hill Preserves was born!
Early Years as a Vermont Home Based Business
While adding the job of part-time preserves maker to already busy full time careers in New York City made for an incredibly busy few years, Blake Hill Preserves quickly flourished. Weekends were spent delivering jams to stores, running our booth at local Farmers Markets, visiting farms for more produce, and making jam to replenish stock. Our home kitchen became an 18 hour a day commercial jam making space, and each room of our farmhouse a separate warehouse space for jams, marmalades or chutneys. However we could not be happier!
First Dedicated Kitchen, First Major Awards and First Collaboration
While our previous jobs provided many exciting opportunities working around the world, we never had a more appealing career choice than deciding to become Full Time Preserve Makers in Vermont! In 2012 we built Blake Hill’s first Preserves facility in Grafton, and orders quickly increased from a few cases to a pallet or more. We developed our close relationships with some of Vermont’s finest cheese makers and bakers, collaborations we enjoy to this day. In 2014 we thought it would be fun to test our jams against some of the world’s very best and were thrilled to win our first US Good Food Awards, take Gold at The World’s Marmalade Awards, and catch the attention of luminaires such as Bobby Flay and Martha Stewart. An exciting start to our new career!
Another New Kitchen, Specialty Preserves Shop, and launching Cooking with Jam series
We quickly realized Blake Hill Preserves needed an even larger Kitchen so we built our new facility in beautiful Windsor Vermont in 2016. We also opened our first Specialty Preserves Shop where we provide tastings of over 40 varieties of sweet, savory and spicy jams, and host occasional cooking classes. In 2020 we launched our hugely successful Cooking with Jam series creating recipes that help make simple dishes special with a jar of Blake Hill jam.
Meet Our Team
Introducing some of our amazing team at Blake Hill - the wonderful people who make Blake Hill special, providing professional jam love in everything they do.
Owners, Vicky & Joe ahead of a Busy Day
Lindsay, Director of all things jam
Head Jam Chef, Catie
Geraldine, Director of Business Sales
Jessica, jam photographer and social guru
Sydney, Sales and Event Manager
Vicky making marmalade in a copper pot
Jam Sampling at the Market
Catie picking gooseberries to fill her kettles
Andrew, mechanical guru and labeller of all jams
Laura, leading our shipping dream team
Business Persons of the Year!
Mike's favorite jam
Good Food Awards in San Francisco
Noralee, Chef & in-house green thumb
Kallah's favorite jam
Sydney helping in the Shoppe
Jane's favorite jam
The team just before a busy show
Awards and Media
Blake Hill’s sweet, savory and spicy jams have multiple Gold medal wins at the international Specialty Food Association’s SOFIs, the US Good Food Awards, and the World Marmalade Awards. Blake Hill is also the first preserve maker in the world to win Gold at the SOFIs, the US Good Food Awards and the World Marmalade Awards - all in the same year. Our sweet, savory and spicy ranges seem to love competing amongst themselves!
Open daily 10am-5pm
Visit us in our Jam Shop at Artisan’s Park, Windsor, Vermont. Home to our Specialty Preserves Kitchen where our award-winning sweet, savory and spicy jams, marmalades and condiments are crafted just for you.
With more than 60 unique varieties, get swept into an incredible tasting experience! Just on the other side of our shop is our Specialty Preserves Kitchen where every Blake Hill jam is created and made. You may hear our Preserve Makers cheer as they complete a batch of jam!
Our Jam Ambassadors are excited to help you select your favorite jams, marmalades, condiments and shrubs and introduce special ways to use your favorite varieties! Let us help craft beautiful custom gifts for you and your loved ones, and we can even ship them for you or to you!
Blake Hill Specialty Preserves Shop:
Open Daily 10am - 5pm
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Artisans Park, 60 Artisans Way, Windsor, Vermont 05089