As far as the jam goes, I'll just quote the latest post at 100milediet.org:
...an old Scottish saying we’ve heard along the way that speaks volumes to the value people once places on local food as they made visits to friends and family. Here goes:
“Bring honey. If you can’t bring honey - bring preserves.”
Indeed. Look out folks, all winter I'm going to be bringing the preserves like nobody's business. Christmas shopping finished in September, check.
And now, I'm off for my 2 week jaunt through the Southwest, or as the locals say, "out east."