Girl Meets Dirt Heritage 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 jams are made in an old-school style that emphasizes structure and pure, ripe, naturally grown fruit. Our ingredient lists are short and sweet. We don't use commercial pectin and rely on time & concentration for set.
We believe island heritage fruit speaks for itself. We pair single varietal fruit, many from trees that have been producing for over a century, with fair trade organic cane sugar, organic lemon, and classically prepare it by hand--in seasoned copper pans -- in our island kitchen.
Take one down and pass it around - our favorite occasion is one where we break bread with family & friends. Our baskets, boxes and packs-o-sweets are a thoughtful gesture to show your love. And our Jam Club is a delicious way to share sweetness throughout the year. Give the gift of a season past and present, tidied up with a bow, or twisted into a tootsie, to say thank you for nourishing the roots that keep us standing tall...
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.
A taste of place: HEIRLOOM 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.
We’re proud to be a multi-year award winning jam maker recognized for our commitment to good, sustainable food.
2019 Shiro Plum with Mint and Lemon Lavender Shrub, 2018 Ruby Spiced Apple Shrub, 2016 Shiro Plum with Mint