Sunday, June 09, 2013

A Little More Local Love

Liz Butcher is the creator of Butcher's Bunches, a no sugar added jam company based here in Logan.  They make fabulous jams, no sugar added grape juice, and a new balsamic reduction called Drizzle.  In addition to these products they have also started selling sipping jar sets.  You can purchase a set at the Cache Valley Gardener's Market.  They are offered in sets of two or three in a decorative wooden crate with extra straws, prices range from $7 to $10 for the gift sets.

Photo courtesy of Butcher's Bunches facebook page.
 Here are a few more photos that show the different drinking straw styles they have available.

Photo courtesy of Butcher's Bunches facebook page.
Photo courtesy of Butcher's Bunches facebook page.
In addition to the gift sets you can also purchase the jars by the case.  They come 12 jars to a case and include the daisy cut lids and a dozen straws in the design of your choice.  It is $29.99/case to purchase them online from BB's, which is a steal when you consider that Anthropologie is selling a very similar product for $48 (with taxes and shipping it is closer to $55).  You can see their set here.

You can buy them from their booth at Park Silly Markey (Park City), SLC Downtown Farmer's Market, or the CVGM...or you can purchase them through BB's Open Sky account (it's like etsy meets pinterest).   If you are in the Cache Valley area and want to pick them up in person you get the local price of $25 a case!  She also gives discounts for bulk orders.

I recently purchased a case from Liz and had some fun photographing them.  I plan on keeping some for my own personal use, but I'm going to set some aside to give as hostess or wedding gifts.  Here are the photos.

Of course just photographing the jars was fun, but I wanted to give you some ideas on what you could do with the jars.  Here's my idea for putting them together for a picnic or a fun hostess gift for the next BBQ or party you are invited to.

And if you're entertaining you can use them as sipping jars, utensil holders, bud vases, decorations, or just about anything else you can think of.

Another great idea is to use them as place cards and party favors rolled into one.  If you are having a sit down dinner you could make name tags and hang them around the mouth of the jar and then let your guests take their personalized jar home at the end of the evening.  These are just my own ideas on how to use the jars.  What would you do with them?

I love a bargain and I love shopping at local, independent companies.  When those two worlds collide I am a very happy girl.  Liz, thanks for the inspiration, I had a great time shooting these photos of your jars.

PS - Since I've only returned to SLR photography this year after about a decade hiatus, I need critiques.  If you have any comments, editing/composition/lighting/styling suggestions, or ideas that would help improve my photography, please share!

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