Livia Jams

The Juiciest Jams on the Drive

We are on the hunt for great additions for your pantry, fridge and freezer, Livia’s sweet and savoury jams, that you can enjoy from the comfort of your home. Stay Healthy. Stay Safe.

by | Apr 19, 2020 | Food + Drink

The Juiciest Jams on the Drive

We are on the hunt for great additions for your pantry, fridge and freezer, Livia’s sweet and savoury jams, that you can enjoy from the comfort of your home. Stay Healthy. Stay Safe.

by | Apr 19, 2020 | Food + Drink

How I miss those Saturday mornings rolling out of bed and wandering to Livia on Commercial Drive for a coffee and danish. Those hours spent languishing over the “I Saw You” section with a friend like an old married couple as the dads of Commercial Drive roam toddlers for a much-needed coffee. Those mornings are gone for now – thanks COVID-19 – but Livia continues to bring bread to the community by way of a tiny takeout window.

Upon my last visit to ‘the window’, I discovered Livia’s selection of fresh berry jams with a savoury twist and I thought, “what better way to continue my COVID carb-out than slathering berries on bread?”

I grabbed the Blueberry Thyme and Blackberry Cardamon at $6 per jar and a classic sourdough loaf and skirted back home to pig out in peace. 

What I liked about the jams is that much of the fruit is left intact, which made for a chunky spread and a juicy bite. By not cooking the fruit down too much the sweetness was kept in check, even allowing for a little tartness to come through on the Blackberry Cardamon and the thyme to really shine in the Blueberry Thyme.  

Chatting with Claire Livia Lassam who co-owns Livia with her husband Jordan Pires about the jams – and so many other things – she revealed that the secret to that pure berry flavour is by first sourcing great berries, mostly from Maan Farms in Abbotsford, then preparing the jams in small batches, no bigger than two litres. She keeps the cook time short, which locks in those fresh berry flavours and textures.

“It’s one of my favourite things to do because it harkens where we came from, which is the farmers market,” said Lassam.

The jams have been available since last summer, but since Lassam opened the takeout window, they’ve been selling like hotcakes.

Like most business owners at this time, Lassam has had to pivot to keep her business afloat and her people employed. Within a week or so she went for a full-service café to essentially a takeout and wholesale business doing home delivery and distributing through Legends Haul, which usually distributes to restaurants and retailers, but is now bringing restaurant-quality ingredients to homes.

“I definitely cried for 3 days straight, but I had to get my shit together and realize that everyone we have employed is employed because of making bread, so everyone is working together to make more bread to make sure that their coworker stays employed,” said Lassam. “Compared to most of our friends with restaurants, we are doing okay.”

Judging by the long line-up of people at her window last weekend, with social distancing measures being respected, the people of Commercial Drive definitely want Livia to be better than okay.

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Excellent work. Well done you. Bravo.

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