And what a launch it was yesterday at the Barton Creek Farmer’s Market. Confituras is the brainchild of Stephanie McLenny, who is a genius with preserves from everything I’ve tasted. She first tantalized my palate with Ruby Red Grapefruit Preserves a few months ago that blew me away, even though I’m not a huge grapefruit fan. It was different than anything I’d ever tasted. Next, she gave me some of her soon to be famous Pickled Blues, which at first blush, sounded odd to me. Pickled blueberries? OK, I’ll try them. These were so amazing, despite having no bread, crackers or other vessel to eat them on, I downed quite a few with a spoon. Knowing that the blueberry season was ending, I immediately ordered 5 jars and intend to be very stingy with them. They would be beautiful on a chevre or brie. I picked them up yesterday at her first day at the Barton Creek Farmer’s Market, where she came loaded for bear, and left with almost no inventory. I also came home with Hill Country Lavender Peach Butter, and Fig Preserves. I’m already thinking about Christmas gifts and intend to start hoarding for that purpose immediately.
Confituras will be at the Barton Creek Farmer’s Market every Saturday. Since everything is prepared using local and seasonal ingredients, the offerings will change according to what is in season. You can sign up for a weekly email which will provide a list of what will be available each week. And, I suggest you get to the market early because the word is out!