Anarchy in a Jar

The revolution starts in your mouth // Small-batch condiments made in Brooklyn

“Extraordinary preserves.”
— Julia Moskin, New York Times

The Idea

Founder and CEO Laena McCarthy grew up making traditional jams with her family in New York’s Hudson Valley, and after a career in science and academia decided to make her passion for jamming into a business. Laena ended up back in New York City at an opportune time, embracing the revived demand for fresh, local, creative food.

In 2009, she launched Anarchy in a Jar with help from her team of tasters, fellow food makers and jam fans. Seven years later, she is still stirring her eclectic experience into elixirs of the jar. 

Style & Quality

Our mantra: unique flavors with a genuine dedication to craft, flavor and authenticity. We are one of the few brands actually making our products in Brooklyn, using small-batch techniques and ethical sourcing of ingredients. 

You can find the jams at many grocery stores and cheese shops throughout the New York tri-state, New England, DC, the Midwest, in select stores nationwide, Canada, Shanghai, China and online.

Anarchy in a Jar has been featured in The New York TimesThe New York Times T Style Magazine, The Martha Stewart Show, Saveur, Food & Wine, Bon AppetitNew York MagazineTasting Table, Serious Eats, and Time Out New York.

100% Handmade

Anarchy in a Jar makes over 8 varieties of shelf-stable jam, marmalade, chutney, and mustard at our certified facility in Brooklyn, New York. The jams are cooked by hand and all natural, made primarily with produce from local and small farms. We add just enough sugar to preserve the fruit and enhance its natural flavor, combining pure fruit with botanical herbs + spices. Our methods combine old world techniques with modern finesse, bringing innovation to the tradition of jam and mustard making.

Get your jam on.