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Meg
I'm not normally one to comment - just read and use your recipes, but I can't help but comment on this post. I went to college in Michigan's Upper Peninsula and fell in love with Thimbleberry Jam. There is actually a group of monks in the U.P. (Society of St. John) that have a little store called the Jam Pot, and a website, from which they sell Thimbleberry and other wonderful jams. I stock up periodically. Unfortunately, they probably won't ship to Paris!

Meg
I'm not normally one to comment - just read and use your recipes, but I can't help but comment on this post. I went to college in Michigan's Upper Peninsula and fell in love with Thimbleberry Jam. There is actually a group of monks in the U.P. (Society of St. John) that have a little store called the Jam Pot, and a website, from which they sell Thimbleberry and other wonderful jams. I stock up periodically. Unfortunately, they probably won't ship to Paris!

There's nothing quite like picking berries in the wild and making jam out of them. With the few wild places left around here I haven't seen any wild berries for years! Guess I'll have to go to a rainforest for that now.

I am a confessed jamoholic...the more obscure, the better! Thanks, Meg, for the intro to thimbleberries.
Karen, thanks for posting the info on the jam-making monks! I found their website: http://www.societystjohn.com/jampot.jp?page=preserves.jp&cart_id=67773.7091 and plan to order some and have it brought over to Paris.
Taina

Meg,
If you order some, I'll bring it when I come in December. I loved Kurt's picture of the Thimbleberry stand.

I've never heard of thimbleberry but you have me intrigued! Love your site too, btw, this is my first visit. :)

I've never heard of thimbleberry but you have me intrigued! Love your site too, btw, this is my first visit. :)

I've never heard of thimbleberry but you have me intrigued! Love your site too, btw, this is my first visit. :)

I'm looking for somewhere to purchase the thimbleberries and thimbleberry plants. Is there a place where I could order these to be shipped?

I am happy to see others have enjoyed the thimbleberry. I grew up on 75 acres in North Idaho on a dirt road near the forest. My brother and I spent our summers eating a variety of berries and fruits..some wild and some that had been planted by others. We never knew what this fruit was that we were eating...but we always pigged out on it when they were ripe. I realize now it was the "thimbleberry" and had wondered why very few knew about it. It is delicious fresh..I imagine a wonderful jam/jelly/ice cream topping as well. Huckleberries also have always been my favorite.

I m lookinf for a source of thimble berry harry berry jam for a friend of nine. Do you stock this?

pt

I am also looking for a place to purchase the thimbleberry plants. They make the greatest tasting jam.
thanks for your time. Sue

You can get thimbleberry jam here:

www.societystjohn.com

I now live in the U.P. of Michigan. A friend of mine told me about thimbleberries and I found a great place full of them- looking forward to making jam, and it's great to know it's so easy. Great site, and great info.

I just returned from a huckleberry picking trip. Usually, thimbleberries are like the exclamation point to the day. I've never seen more than 2 or 3 ripe berries on a bush at any one time, and we always just ate them as we found them, as a special treat. Today... I actually came home with more thimbleberries than huckleberries! The bushes are loaded (and huckleberries are apparently about 3 weeks behind schedule due to the weather, according to family). I was thinking of drying the thimbleberries to use in granola, but making jam out of them sounds great too, and I might be able to give some as gifts. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

I'm from the upper peninsula of Michigan and recently moved to Montana. I LOVE thimbleberry jam and miss it dearly. For those of you looking to purchase and grow thimbleberry plants, please realize that they only grow naturally in high altitude climates and very cold winters. My aunt tried to transplant them from the UP to the lower peninsula of Michigan without any luck. Good luck!

would like to buy thimberry seeds

Thimbleberry Plants can be grown outside of high altitude climates. I am not sure why it was stated that they can't. They are hardy zones 4 - 9.

For those of you looking to purchase this delicious plant, the only place I have seen them sold is http://www.raintreenursery.com/catalog/productdetails.cfm?productid=E305

I have not seen them available in seed form though Kirstin, Sorry.

Sorry, I realized I had one other source for the Thimbleberry Plants.

http://www.onegreenworld.com//advanced_search_result.php?keywords=Thimbleberry&x=0&y=0

We live in Colorado and pick our thimbleberries at 9000 feet! We discovered them last year along an old logging road - very fun find! Has anyone tried them in a berry pie?

I just came back from a thimbleberry picking expedition. I'm surprised to see that they're not in Michigan's lower Peninsula. I just last night found some on the edge of a wooded area near my place and I live in a Detroit suburb. It's on city property and there aren't that many of them. I don't know if I can accumulate enough for a small batch of jam, but they're just starting, so I'd like to try :)

This year looks to be a bumper year for the thimbleberry here in Washington. I don't think I have every seen so many. Thanks for the recipe on the jam. I will have enough to put some up this year.

Great blog! And anytime your brother wants to post where to find the morels - I am listening. I always hear "last year's burn" but that is not very helpful. I am originally from Michigan and have picked morels since I was old enough to walk. Have only found one here and have lived here since 1995. Clues anyone?

Thanks again for the info on your site!

I have just been introduced to the wonder of the Thimbleberry myself and you are right they are FABULOUS. I was not in a situation to harvest them for jamming, so am looking for a source from whom to buy a couple jars to surprise my husband with for a Thanksgiving treat. Any help would be appreciated! Thanks.

I'm a native Michigander and grew up on Thimbleberry Jam. I love it and can buy online from places in Michigan that make and sell it. My Aunt used to always make it. She lived in the UP and always made batches of the jam. I'd like to grow the berries and be able to make it myself, not sure if they will grow out here. If not I know where I can always get some. A bit pricey, but well worth the cost. Nothing better. My sister was named after the Thimbleberry, her name is Thimberly.

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