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  • Boysenberry | Big Jalm

    Obsidian Duke Blueberry Buy Now! Boysenberry The Boysenberry dates back to the early 20th century in southern California, but some of the details are lost to history. is that Rudolf Boysen experimented with cross-breeding berry species and, in this case, started with a cross bred berry called lubbenberry, developed by John Lubben by crossing Dewberry (Rubus aboriginum) and Loganberry (Rubus x loganobaccus). What we do know Mr. Boysen’s experimentation added in European Blackberry (Rubus fruticosus) and European Raspberry (Rubus idaeus) resulting in a plump, sweet berry that is dark, but appears under-ripe because of the redness at the top of the berry. He abandoned his berry experiments to focus on his orange orchards, but news of his forgotten berries made it to George Darrow of the USDA. Sometime in the late 1920s, Darrow enlisted the help of berry farmer Walter Knott to cultivate this strange new berry to see if it was a commercially viable product. It was. Mr. Knott’s farm became so popular that it became the attraction known as Knott’s Berry Farm. At its peak, Boysenberries in California grew on over 500 acres in the 1950s. Their popularity began to wane with the growing popularity of frozen fruits and the consumers’ desire to have the same products available year-round. Boysenberries have a thin skin, delicate texture, and a short harvest season. Cultivation of the Boysenberry moved north to Oregon where it has taken on new life, currently growing on over 600 acres, mostly within the Willamette valley. ​ Collected at in Hillsboro, OR West Union Gardens

  • FARMS | Big Jalm

    West Union Gardens Since 1987, Cheryl and Jeff Boden have owned and run with the help of their family. They strive to keep a great work environment for their skilled staff who hand-harvest all crops. Providing fair employment practices and caring for their staff is a reason that some employees have worked there for decades. West Union Gardens West Union Gardens is truly a family farm. The Bodens live and work on site, making it both a business and a home. For over 30 years, they have worked to improve the land, their community, and offer the finest quality produce. Big Jalm has partnered with West Union Gardens, not only for the amazing fruit that they grow, but because they are a farm with values that align with our own. Stop by West Union Gardens in the summer to taste the fruit first hand and pick up some Big Jalm while you’re there. Big Jalm is the official jam maker for West Union Gardens.

  • Blueberry | Big Jalm

    Boysen Black Currant Buy Now! Duke Blueberry I was amazed to learn that there were so many varieties of blueberries. The Duke variety is one of the first to ripen in Oregon. The berries are large in size and have a medium acidity and an explosion of sweetness and blueberry delight. These berries are so danged cool. We sourced this year's blueberries from Hoffman Farms in Scholls, Oregon.

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