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 preserves 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 launched Anarchy in a Jar in 2009, embracing a revived demand for fresh, local, creative food. With help from her team of tasters, fellow food makers and jam fans, she is still stirring her eclectic experience and passion for food into elixirs of the jar.

The revolution starts in your mouth.

Style & Quality

Our mantra: unique flavors with a genuine dedication to craft, flavor and authenticity, 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, 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. Our products are designed at our lab in Brooklyn, New York and made amidst the farms in the Hudson Valley. All our products are cooked by hand and all natural, made primarily with produce from local and small farms. We combine pure fruit and seeds with botanical herbs + spices. That's it, no junk. Our methods combine old world techniques with modern finesse, bringing innovation to the tradition of jam and mustard making.

Get your jam on.