Meet the Maker: Melanie of That's My Jam
That's My Jam was born from a passion for music and a love of homemade food. This mom and son team learned to can the old-fashioned way, the way their grandmother and great grandmother taught them. Their jam is made in micro batches and with the highest quality, organic ingredients. They work hard to develop relationships with and support local farms, non-profits, businesses, musicians and artists.
Let's start at the beginning. When did you and your son decide to get into the jam business?
That's My Jam was incorporated in 2016 after a community based business start-up boot camp with the Rocky Mountain Microfinance Institute (RMMFI). I've always had an entrepreneurial spirit and drive and have owned a brick-and-mortar in a different field. Having my teenage son work beside me has taught him concepts like the value of hard work, cultivating dreams despite barriers and useful life skills, like marketing, finance, operations and management. He has been involved in every major decision we've made thus far and I'm very proud of his work.
You say that your love of music is part of the reason behind your name. What are your favorite albums to listen to while you're jammin'?
Absolutely! Every jam flavor is inspired by either a song, an artist or a song writer. Music has been a passion my entire life. I've worked in the music industry as a booking manager, among other roles, but wanted to incorporate something that felt like home, like the days my grandmother, Irene, would provide family feasts, can food and be resourceful. It made perfect sense to combine the two. Irene taught me to make canned preserves. There's a bit of her experience and love in every jar. We start each production day listening to Bob Marley's "Jammin" which was the very first flavor. It's Pineapple Jam infused with Coconut Rum and Ginger. It's a fantastic meat marinade, especially on pork or Cornish game hen!
We love that you are trying to inform folks that jam doesn't have to just be for breakfast. What are your favorite non breakfast recipes?
We live such harried lives, sometimes simple is best. A dollop on oatmeal in the morning, or drizzled on ice cream are always favorites. Our Raspberry Beret, Paint It Black Blackberry, and I Found My Thrill Blueberry are also fun dolloped into a chilled cocktail. Our Jams are also incredible additions to family gatherings and pair well with cheeses for parties. We have a playlist on Spotify that is often used at gatherings for a great conversation piece to pair with jam/cheese pairings.
What is your favorite thing about your workspace?
That it's BIG! A large kitchen is a necessity for proper jammin'. And my bamboo spoons. The way they drag in the jam as it's about to be ready to jar, is a lovely feeling. I love the way the water bubbles as the water bath canning does it's magic, it rattles and makes a special song of it's own. The way the kitchen smells with each jam flavor, is like a warm blanket on a cold day. Comforting. Jam life is Zen life for me.
What characteristic do you admire most in other makers?
Other makers are a big reason I started my business. I'm also an event professional and have produced, curated and managed almost 200 events. Having the Denver maker community as a part of my life and being exposed to so many dedicated, creative people was very inspiring. I love how supportive the maker community is. Helping each other out, supporting each other's business and taking home the most unique, wonderfully crafted items to fill my home and kitchen with is the best. To quote a song, since that's my thing: "These are my people. These are my friends." I wouldn't want it any other way.
Meet the creative minds behind That's My Jam at our Holiday Market, Nov. 17 +18! Their jams make the perfect gift.
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