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!
October 19, 2006 6:50 AM
October 19, 2006 6:52 AM
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.
October 19, 2006 7:06 AM
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.
October 19, 2006 8:36 AM
If you order some, I'll bring it when I come in December. I loved Kurt's picture of the Thimbleberry stand.
Meg's MOM |
October 20, 2006 1:46 PM
I've never heard of thimbleberry but you have me intrigued! Love your site too, btw, this is my first visit. :)
Ari (Baking and Books) |
October 22, 2006 2:06 PM
Ari (Baking and Books) |
October 22, 2006 2:07 PM
Ari (Baking and Books) |
October 22, 2006 2:13 PM
I'm looking for somewhere to purchase the thimbleberries and thimbleberry plants. Is there a place where I could order these to be shipped?
August 5, 2007 10:02 PM
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.
August 9, 2007 2:37 PM
I m lookinf for a source of thimble berry harry berry jam for a friend of nine. Do you stock this?
Pat skyler |
November 8, 2007 6:45 PM
I am also looking for a place to purchase the thimbleberry plants. They make the greatest tasting jam.
thanks for your time. Sue
sue stark |
May 15, 2008 1:35 PM
You can get thimbleberry jam here:
July 18, 2008 3:15 PM
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.
July 28, 2008 1:40 PM
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!
August 25, 2008 8:45 PM
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!
August 26, 2008 6:58 PM
would like to buy thimberry seeds
brion ruehle |
September 6, 2008 10:01 PM
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.
September 3, 2009 4:23 PM
Sorry, I realized I had one other source for the Thimbleberry Plants.
September 3, 2009 4:27 PM
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?
September 6, 2009 7:46 PM
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 :)
June 21, 2010 9:52 PM
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!
August 9, 2011 12:35 PM
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.
September 12, 2011 1:25 AM
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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Bernie Ivins |
July 19, 2014 7:38 PM
I just finished up a batch of thimbleberry jam from berries we picked in the U.P. a couple of weeks ago. End result is delicious as always!
Ron Simons |
August 22, 2014 5:57 PM
I am looking forward to growing these shrubs next spring. They appear to be very easy to grow: they like a bit of shade, and are drought tolerant once established. You prune them as you would raspberry shrubs for maximum yield. The sole mail order source in Canada I was able to find is T&T Seeds.
October 18, 2014 1:48 AM
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