As some of you know, I've been very obsessed with jam and preserving lately. It started in June when I made a batch of strawberry freezer jam and fell in love. I decided that I could really do this for myself, and maybe friends and family. When I started telling people about it, especially my customers at work, they were asking if I intended on selling it. I got a lot of, "I'd buy a jar!"'s. So, I decided that maybe I would sell it. But how?
That's where Suburban Harvest comes in. Katie and Jason (and Gabe, of course) are such truly awesome people, first of all. After I had been in a few times and had made a couple batches, I mentioned to them that I was making jam all day. They had the brilliant idea to sell it at the farmer's market, since they were going to get a table anyway. They can't sell it in their store unless I make it in a commercial kitchen that is licensed by the Health Department. While I keep my clean and everything, mine is not licensed.
So, I've been making jam every chance I get, going to the farmer's market religiously, and talking it up to all of my customers. And they have been to theirs! Well, we found out yesterday that I can't sell it at the market either, unless it's been made in a commercial kitchen. So, all of this jam that I've made (about 30 jars) needs to go somewhere.
I've decided to open up an Etsy shop devoted to jams, jellies and other canned goodies.
And Katie and Jason have been amazing enough to offer use of their licensed kitchen to me. Which means anything I make there can be sold at the market! It's kind of a pain to schlep everything there and back, but I think it'll be totally worth it. I hope, at least! I'm going to try to get another couple of batches in during the next couple days before the first market so that I have stock on the first day.
Today I decided (quite instantly and serendipitously) that I would start photographing for when I list things on Etsy. I did a round of Red Onion with Lemon Zest jelly (top four photos) and a round of Golden and Purple Plum jam (bottom two photos). The sun was quite bright, but I don't think it's too bad... I will probably end up reshooting at some point, but I thought it would be good to get some practice in.
I would really like to know what you think of them as product shots. Especially you, Matt! I'm no product photographer (studio was not my strong suit), but I think I can manage. If you have ideas for future shoots (colors, background, anything!) let me know. Please? I get my biggest inspiration and motivation when I have conversations.
I've gotta say, I'm totally loving the Red Onion jelly in the shot glass! It looks so cool. Do you agree?
P.S. Can you even imagine taking a shot of jelly? Gross!!
P.P.S. I promise in non-shot format, it's really really good!