Girl Meets Dirt Archipelago Preserves are inspired by the long history of orchard keeping on Orcas Island...

and a craving for the highest quality, locally sourced, organic fruit preserves nature and careful craft can provide.  Our throwback fruit preserves are made in an old-school style that emphasizes structure and pure, ripe, naturally grown fruit.   Our ingredient lists are short and sweet.  We never use commercial pectin.  

We believe organic, island heritage fruit, speaks for itself.  We pair single varietal fruit with unrefined organic cane sugar, fresh squeezed organic lemon juice, and classically prepare it by hand--in seasoned copper pans (because work should be beautiful too) -- in our island kitchen.


Girl Meets Dirt

Girl Meets Dirt was born of the land.  Grew limbs through storms, gained strength with rain, knowledge with history, rootedness with dirt under her fingernails.  Seedlings rose, and bore fruit.  And she watched, curious & hungry, and learned the art of stretching bounty into winter.  This is where the story ends (it always ends) but begins anew – with worn muddy boots and kitchen clogs – a journey in steps, stems, pear seeds, plum pits, and apple flesh.  A journey to the fruit of the matter & back, on one island farmette.

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Marmalade Matrons: How to stay cozy this winter with quince

As the rainy season descends upon us, and the darkness begins to outweigh the light, what could be more important on our sweet island than to stay cozy?  We can think of two enticing ways to enjoy these newly chilled evenings, and they both involve quince...

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Visit our tasting room & shop

We're thrilled to announce the opening of our new kitchen, shop & tasting room in the hamlet of Eastsound, in the heart of Orcas Island.  Our hands are busy but we welcome you to stop by, say hello, and shop.  We've curated a retail corner for you to peruse - packed with our entire lineup of preserves, locally made serving boards, bespoke cheese knives, aprons and even a few sparkling hand hammered copper pots. 

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Archipelago Preserves

This is a story about the fruit and the alchemy that happens when it meets human hands – the alchemy that touches us no less.  And has for centuries.  We’re humbled by tradition -- that one heirloom tree provided bounty to untold families over more than a century floors us.  Gravitas in fruit & sugar.  That’s what this is about.  Now get eating.

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