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We love making jam, but jar filling slows us down. With a machine to do it for us, we can focus on the best part: creating awesome jam!
We love making jam, but jar filling slows us down. With a machine to do it for us, we can focus on the best part: creating awesome jam!
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Blue Chair Fruit is a busy team of four people making and selling awesome jam -- and Rachel, the owner, and Jo, our sous-chef, make EVERY jar of our jam entirely by hand. While the high quality of our jams is a direct result of preparing the fruit and cooking our jams by hand, 60% of our jam cooking time goes to simply filling up each and every jar. That means that Rachel and Jo spend long nights in our kitchen, but much of that time is spent doing a task that a machine can do. 

We need a jar-filling machine, and we need your help to purchase one.

Filling individual jars can easily be done by a custom-built machine; filling these jars by machine will save us kitchen time and will reduce spillage, saving us from wiping each finished jar by hand to ensure that our labels stick, a process that takes countless hours every week for Kate and Erin in the office.

With a machine to literally take this task off our hands for the 75,000 jars we hope to produce this year, our kitchen staff can focus on making your favorite flavors in larger quantities.

We simply can't make enough of our delicious jams without this machine! We've already spoken with an engineer who can design a machine for us that will expedite our jar-filling process. And we've even decided on a name for our new helper: Buster, because he's going to be so instrumental in helping us bust out the jams!

All funds donated to our Kickstarter will go directly to purchasing this machine.   We are immensely grateful for your support -- and can't wait to thank you in person at Buster's reception party!

Yours in Jam,
Rachel, Jo, Kate, and Erin
Blue Chair Fruit Company 

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    We'll list your name on a "thank you" page on our website. Thanks!

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    One jar of jam filled by Buster (our new jar-filling machine), and your name listed on our "thank you" page.

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    An invitation to a reception for the launch of Buster, our new jar-filling machine! We'll have jammy snacks and of course show you Buster in action. Plus your name on our "thank you" page.

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    NEW for friends not in the Bay Area: We'll send you two jars of Buster-made jam, and include your name on our thank you page.

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    An invitation to our jar-filling machine reception, and we'll send you home with a jar of jam filled by Buster! For non-Bay Area residents, we'll send you your jar. Plus your name on our thank-you page and a Marmalade Appreciation Society pin.

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    NEW for friends not in the Bay Area: We'll send you a 3-Pack of Buster-made jams, include your name on our thank you page, and send you a Marmalade Appreciation Society Pin!

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    Two spots in a 2-hour jam-making demo with Rachel Saunders. We'll send you dates to pick from to attend! OR a 6-month Jam Club membership. Plus all $100 rewards.

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    Two spots in a four-hour Jam Making 101 class with Rachel OR a 12-month Jam Club membership. Plus all $100 rewards.

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    A private four-hour jam class for you and up to 11 of your friends at Blue Chair Fruit with Rachel Saunders! Plus all $100 rewards.

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