Copper Pot & Wooden Spoon, North Carolina
The Tastes: Following the selection of kicky Pepper and Peach Jam as a Food & Wine Magazine Editor's Pick, the jam lineup has expanded to include Blueberry Bourbon Jam, Apple Moonshine Jam, and savory Oven Roasted Tomato Jam. Enjoy other twists on classic southern favorites including Garlic Dill Pickles, Southern Style Pickled Okra, Spicy Jalapeno Dill Sandwich Chips, Dilly Beans with Pickled Peppers, and Onion and Peppercorn Pickles. Taste the season's best from western Carolina local producers along with a heaping serving of nostalgia.
The Story: From the western North Carolina town of Waynesville, Jessica DeMarco and her brother, Dan Stubee, are "preserving tradition" at Copper Pot & Wooden Spoon through handcrafted and seasonally produced jams, pickles, and artisan foods. The siblings' grandparents were farmers who nurtured an enjoyment of food at regular family dinners and DeMarco always delighted in experimenting in the kitchen. After attending culinary school, DeMarco landed on the theme of preserving tradition, conceptualizing this generational family value not only as literally making preserves (which she taught herself to do by obsessively poring over cookbooks and trying countless recipes), but also as inspiring people to think about food heritage, maintaining food traditions, and preserving foods so as to be self-sufficient and plan for the future.