It feels like every season is the busiest time of year for Rare Bird, but when October hits, we have lots to do to capture all the fall fruits and prepare for the holiday season. Never the less, we keep making time for our Black Label jams. We are so proud to present the 4th edition of our Black Label Series - Quince Maple Raisin. This jam is the brain child of assistant Krystal, yet another French Pastry School graduate assisting Rare Bird. She has a love for and a keen sense of balancing fall flavors. We were all excited by her idea of experimenting with Quince. Quince is a hard, astringent and sour fruit (our blisters from chopping tell the tale), but high in natural pectin. When added with sugar, this time maple sugar, it transforms into a beautiful, complex and fragrant jam. Krystal’s desire to incorporate dried fruit and raisins in particular, led us to complement this preserves texture with golden raisins. This jam is wonderful paired with warm steel cut oats in the morning or pork or duck in the evening. Quince Raisin Maple Preserve is limited, and available on our web store and at upcoming markets this weekend Williams Sonoma Oak Brook on Saturday and our last Logan Square Market this Sunday.