Summer Preserves Contest at CUESA's Jack London Square Farmers Market

Sunday, July 9, 2017, 9:30 am - 10:30 am

Pick your favorite summer fruit and get ready to jam for CUESA’s Summer Preserves Contest! If you are an amateur canner, you’re invited to submit your best preserves at CUESA’s Summer Jam at Jack London Square Farmers Market in Oakland on Sunday, July 9.

Summer is upon us, which means locally grown berries, cherries, and stone fruit abound at our farmers markets, ripe for sticky and sweet or tart preserves. To showcase the best of the season from our local farms, your preserves must feature one or more California-grown summer fruits or vegetables from our local farmers as the primary ingredient. Any other fruits or vegetables should be seasonal.

Check out our seasonality charts to find out what’s locally available, do your shopping at CUESA’s weekly farmers markets, and tap into your old family recipes for inspiration.



The top three winners will receive a selection of foodie prizes, including local jam and shrub, local gift certificates, and more! The winners’ recipes will also be announced in the CUESA e-letter. Prizes have been generously donated by Oaktown Spice Shop, June Taylor Jams, Inna Jam, and Preserved.


Preserves will be judged by our panel of preservation experts, chefs, and local food writers on appearance, texture, taste, and use of local, seasonal ingredients. Creativity and originality will also be considered. Our esteemed panel of preservation experts includes:

  • Nicole Easterday, FARMCurious
  • Sean Timberlake, Punk Domestics, Preserves Expert
  • John Beaver, Oaktown Spice Shop
  • Christina Mitchell, East Bay Dish
  • June Taylor, June Taylor Jams
  • Becky Courchesne, Frog Hollow Farm
  • Frances Wilson, The Field Kitchen
  • Haven Bourque, Haven B Media

To Enter

Enter to compete here AND Download the contest rules and entry form (PDF) »

Complete the entry form and bring it with 3 (½ pint) jars, (sealed, with rings) of your preserves to check in at the event booth at CUESA’s Summer Jam at Jack London Square Farmers Market in Oakland on Sunday, July 9, 2017. Submissions MUST be received between 9:30 and 10:30 am, no exceptions. 

Winners will be announced at 2:30 pm. Happy canning, and may the best preserves win!

CUESA’s Jack London Square Farmers Market takes place rain or shine on Sundays, 10 am to 3 pm, on Water Street at the base of Broadway in Oakland.