Sarah Cohen Makes Sunshine in a Jar

The juvenile dependency attorney runs Sarah’s Slow Jam out of her Palm Beach Gardens home, where she crafts award-winning jams and jellies

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Sarah Cohen, founder of Sarah's Slow Jam. Photos by Sandra Ransdell Photography
Sarah Cohen, founder of Sarah’s Slow Jam. Photos by Sandra Ransdell Photography

When Sarah Cohen realized she would have to wait months to get her Florida bar exam results, she needed something to pass the time. She decided to teach herself how to make wine jelly, and 11 years later, the juvenile dependency attorney has parlayed her love of jams and jellies into Sarah’s Slow Jam, a cottage industry she runs out of her home in Palm Beach Gardens. “My passions are justice and jam,” Cohen says with a laugh as she proudly scoops out samples of her Raspberry Pepper Jelly—the “Best of Show” winner at this year’s South Florida Fair. 

Cohen sources all of her seasonal ingredients locally for what she terms “fruit-
forward” freshness. Her unique flavor combinations such as Spicy Smoky Tomato Jam and Pineapple 5 Spice Jam make her a popular stop at the Swank Farmers Market on Saturdays in Loxahatchee. 

Sarah Cohen’s Strawberry Port Jam pairs well with fruit, cheese, and croissants. Photos by Sandra Ransdell Photography
Cohen’s Strawberry Port Jam pairs well with fruit, cheese, and croissants. Photos by Sandra Ransdell Photography

As summer approaches, Cohen will be bringing back her popular Fig and Honey Jam and Mango Jalapeño Jam with fruit plucked from a tree in her parent’s North Palm Beach backyard. Her passion for fruit runs in the family: In 1919, her great grandparents moved to Florida to run the Trio Market in the Flamingo Park neighborhood of West Palm Beach. 

Sarah’s Slow Jam offers online ordering through the company website; custom orders are also available for weddings, parties, and other special events.

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