HANCOCK — Cinnamon, clove and cardamom. Curry. Lime zest. Do those sound like blueberry jams to you?
“I’ve always wanted to try something a little different,” says Kate Waters, who launched the award-winning line of Bleuberet wild blueberry toppings in 2013. Last month, she opened up a pop-up retail store on the Hancock Point Road.
Located just off Route 1 across from the Hancock town office, the shop sells Waters’ Blimey Lime Zest, Madras Curry Blueberry, Strawberry & Rhubarb, Morello Cherry & Lime and other spreads, preserves and jams. On Fridays, Waters also carries old-fashioned doughnuts. The shop also stocks Luigi Del Conte Sauces, Lucy’s Granola and other treats made in Hancock County. Penny candy is available too.
Before launching her Bleuberet line seven years ago, Waters had spent two years polishing her recipes and products’ presentation. Her unusually flavored fruit toppings initially were sold in select retail stores locally and as far afield as Rockport. The jams won the Yankee Magazine Food Editor’s Choice Award in 2014 and Down East magazine’s Maine’s Best Foodie Gift award in 2017.
“Indian cooking was actually something I was a little nervous to try,” says Kate, referring to some of the spicier jam flavors. “But I took a class around 2012 to try it out, and started incorporating that into the micro-batches.”
The Bleuberets store is located at 17 Point Road in Hancock, and is open this summer Thursdays and Fridays from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Sundays from 9 a.m. to noon. For more info, visit www.bleuberets.com.