Locally made ‘Dayum this is my Jam’ offers fun, musically inspired preserves and more
If you’ve ever spent time at Lakeside Farmer’s Market, chances are, you’ve seen an assortment of jams, pickles and salsas with the label featuring the image of a cartoon strawberry rocking out with headphones on.
Abby Waller and her friend Lindsey Larkin teamed up to found Dayum this is my Jam in 2015. The jam enthusiasts and music lovers craft fusion flavor jams with whimsical names, such as “Hot for Peaches,” “Baby Got Blackberry,” and “Bohemian Raspberry.” The company has since expanded its product repertoire to include salsas, such as “Livin La Vida Verde” and pickles, such as “Psycho Diller.” It has also expanded its sale locations to include Ellwood Thompson’s and Little House Green Grocery. Most recently, Belmont Butchery now carries a few items.
The jam ops began in July of 2015 when Waller and Larkin had been interested in starting a business together.
“I asked what she was “good” at, and she’d recently been on a jam-making kick at that time so she mentioned making jam together,” Waller said. “I was on board. Fruit plus hanging with my bestie, what’s not to love?”
After that, they had dinner together with their spouses, copious amounts of wine, and talked through the idea. That night is when three of the jam flavors were born.
As of late, Larkin has had to take more a backseat role in the business because she now has a child to take care of but Waller said she remains involved and supportive.
“We have matching jam and herb tattoos so that we’ll always honor and remember this cool thing we started together,” Waller said.
Dayum the is my Jam products are made with produce from local farmers and herbs that Waller grows in her own backyard.
Waller, who when not crafting for Dayum this is my Jam, works for a company called 501 Auctions. She also considers herself a budding activist. Recently she decided to pack her own lunch and donate what she would have spent on food to Virginia Anti-Violence Project, an organization that works to address and end violence, with a specific focus on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer communities across Virginia.
In the future, she is planning to organize another donation, but on a larger scale. Waller is considering using Dayum this is my Jam as a platform for social justice by making lunches for her coworkers and asking they donate what they would usually spend on lunch to the organization.
Waller said that VAVP is extra close to her heart because she is a member of the LGBTQ community. Her wife of five years has been very supportive of Waller’s involvement in various work and activities and a drawing of her is featured on the label for the company’s venture into waffle mix.
Images via Dayum that’s my Jam instagram
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