The Eat This (http://eatthisyum.com/) stand at the Doylestown Farmer’s Market has caught my eye for a number of weeks and today I decided to stop and learn more about the attractively packaged jams and preserves.
The jams, marmalades and preserves contain local ingredients combined in unexpected ways to create subtle, surprising and delicious flavors. Today’s selection included savories such as bacon marmalade (seriously, who can resist that?) and tomato jalapeno marmalade as well as “sweeter” combinations such as apricot lavender vanilla jam, apricot sage and honey jam and fig lemon and honey preserve. The savory balsamic caramelized onion jam would elevate a lowly hamburger to something really special. Scott’s Sauce is a terrific substitute for run-of-the-mill barbeque sauce.
This morning, the Eat This stand was manned by Scott. He offered tastes of each of the preserves and made excellent suggestions for pairing them with cheese, fish and meat. The preserves are packaged in re-usable Weck canning jars reinforcing the small-batch, homemade nature of the products.
Scott offered me a taste of Eat This pate de foie as I was leaving. The luscious, silken pate is made with the livers of locally raised ducks and locally grown mushrooms. It would make an elegant appetizer served on toast points. Your guests would be wowed, that is if you can resist eating it all directly from the jar.
I served the fig lemon and honey preserve with fresh goat cheese and crackers as suggested by Scott. Six people managed to finish off the jar in less than an hour. It was that good.
Eat This, a family-owned business based in Erwinna, PA, sells at several area farmer’s markets as well as a number of food specialty stores and from their web site. The jams are sold individually, in packages of 3 and as 4 pre-selected mini “tasting” jars packaged in a sweet little crate. These would make a terrific hostess gift, party favors or stocking stuffers!
I plan to try all of the flavors of Eat This preserves before the Farmer’s Market shuts down in November for the winter and you should, too!