Joan and Bob’s Juicy Jams
Nestled among the fertile, gentle hills between Thomastown and Graignamanagh in Co. Kilkenny, there is a pretty house which is a hive of activity. This is where Bob and Joan Fitzgerald Cahill live and produce their amazing range of preserves, chutneys, jellies, sauces and cordials. “Joan and Bob’s Juicy Jams” is certainly one of our smaller scale producers, supplying just a few local shops.
And although they hope to expand their kitchen soon, they seem quite content to continue as they are, making everything completely by hand, one small batch at a time.
They are hugely proud of the quality of their products. When they approached us last year to see if we would stock their products, we already had a large range of jams, chutneys and the like but they had such an interesting range of flavours and the quality was so good we were happy to take them in. Flavours like “Strawberry Peach and Prosecco”, “Fig and Orange” and “Black Forest Fruits and Chocolate” – you can see why we had to have them!
When we called in the other day, a preserving pan of raspberry and vanilla jam was bubbling on the hob. Nearby, some elderflower was steeping and a batch of the cordial had just been bottled. Their small front room has become a store with their every-expanding range of products ready to be delivered. Joan in particular is such an innovator! – always wanting to try some inspiring new taste combination, using whatever is in season! I don’t think we will ever be able to stock their entire range, but we are planning to have them instore soon to try out some of their new products on our customers and I know we will have to find more space on our shelves after that!
But that’s okay! Committed artisans producing fabulous food – that’s what we love!