Like a lot of people during the pandemic, Caitlin Girdwood found herself in a financial jam.
With her photography career on hold, she picked up an old hobby to pay the bills … and the results were sweeter than she expected.
Together with her mom (and frequent traveling companion), Donna Varley, Girdwood began whipping up fruits spreads in her kitchen to compliment her afternoon tea and toast. Friends and relatives were so stuck on the confections, the pair decided to go pro.
That’s how Maple Street Jam Co. was born.
Unlike jelly, which is made from juice, jam utilizes crushed or pureed fruit.
Right now, the business sells four flavors made in small batches: Apple Pie, Blueberry Lemon, HoneyRum Strawberry and Pepper Jam. Seasonal flavors, including Christmas Morning, a combination of strawberries, cranberries, oranges and holiday baking spices – is on the way.
The jam, packaged in 8-ounce jars emblazoned with two peacocks, is sold online and at area shops such as love Pittsburgh, Niche and Gifted Hands. Harvie Farms, a Pittsburgh-based company that allows folks to digitally customize their farm-share box with a variety of produce, bread, meat, eggs and dairy products, will soon feature Maple Street Jam.