#Kauai: Monkeypod Jam (and a small giveaway!)

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(photo courtesy of Chicago Tribune)

My first taste of Monkeypod Jam happened when our family came to check out Kaua’i back in December of 2012. We stopped by their booth at one of the farmers’ markets we visited, and were invited to sample the different varieties they offered that day.

Each jam we tried was packed with amazing flavor that practically screamed “Kaua’i.” My hands down favorite was the lilikoi (passionfruit) curd. It was like finding heaven in a jar. The only thing that kept up from buying one of everything (and more than one of the lilikoi curd) was that we were traveling with just our carry-on bags, and would have had to relinquish our treasure to the TSA when it was time for us to leave.

There's always a wide variety of seasonal jams, sauces and pickles available.

There’s always a wide variety of seasonal jams, sauces and pickles available.

You can buy ready-made gift boxes, or create your own

You can buy ready-made gift boxes, or create your own

Monkeypod Jam is, hands down, my favorite Kaua’i-produced product. All the jams, pickles and sauces they now produce are made from fruits and produce grown on Kaua’i. Founded in 2010 when teacher Aletha Thomas had 100 pounds of ripe mangos left on her doorstep, Monkeypod Jam now works with over 25 Kaua’i farmers to produce more than 50 seasonal preserves.

The Monkeypod Jam storefront is unassuming, but delights await inside!

The Monkeypod Jam storefront is unassuming, but delights await inside!

Last year Monkeypod Jam opened a shop in Lawai, on the south shore of Kaua’i. Unassuming from the front, inside you can find all their currently available jams and other preserves, as well as (really good) coffee, pastries (some of which include their jams), quiche, soups, sandwiches, and other drinks and treats, many made from locally grown or raised products. Just recently they have began offering whole quiches and quarts of their freshly prepared soups for sale.

Fresh selections on the menu board change daily

Fresh selections on the menu board change daily

Freshly made quiche are available every day

Freshly made quiche are available every day

Pastries filled with Monkeypod Jam.

Pastries filled with Monkeypod Jam.

The store also offers monthly craft and cooking workshops. Recent classes have included haku (floral head wreath) making, indigo shibori (Japanese tie-dye), succulent terrariums, and pickling.

Indigo shibori handtowel sets

Indigo shibori handtowel sets

You can check out all the different varieties of jams and preserves that Monkeypod offers here. I’m also offering a chance to win a two-ounce jar of their Tahitian Lime Curd (tastes like key lime pie!) along with a locally-produced wooden jam spoon and a reusable cloth bag. To enter the giveaway, please leave a comment below; you can enter once a day (let me know the flavors you like!). You can also earn an additional entry (or two) by becoming a follower here at The Occasional Nomads, or mentioning the giveaway on your own blog – again, let me know in a comment. The giveaway ends on Saturday, May 14.

Your gift will come in a small reusable cloth bag

Your gift will come in a small reusable cloth bag

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25 thoughts on “#Kauai: Monkeypod Jam (and a small giveaway!)

  1. Vivian Gibson says:

    Checked out the website but it’s so popular everything was sold out. Thanks for letting me know about the website, will keep watching for new products

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