SIGI Azienda Agricola is tucked away in a beautiful corner of Macerata province in Le Marche. SI.GI. is a producer of natural jam and jellies and the brainchild of Silvano Buccolini. He and his family bring together a variety of seasonal products to the market and have a no chemical approach. Their focus is to keep the aromas, taste and richness of the fruit and make outstanding products. And oh how well they do!
My visit to the SI.GI. farm was nothing short of amazing. DiscoverMarche recommended me their jams and we happened to book a meeting with Silvano and his daughter in a few days time. The weather supported me fully, probably the first time since I had been in Marche. The whole area in and around the farm was in full bloom.
Permit me to get a little poetic, the colors of the spring and the wind added an inexplicable freshness to the day.
Silvano showed us his burgeoning orchards where there were all kinds of trees and plants imaginable. Cherries, mint, plum, blackberries and jujube and a fair many others whose names I can’t recall but have them vividly etched in memory.
The succulent cherries on the tree were enough to give me a craving. And nothing really beats the experience of having a freshly plucked fruit. Does it?? They were so ripe and that I could probably make a meal of them. But on Silvano’s instructions I didn’t eat too many as they are too warm for the stomach. (Point noted for future)
We also got a sneak peek into the jam making process at SI.GI where everything is done manually. Silvano’s happy team were quietly working as he told me the different varieties of jam they made and sold in Italy and Europe. Apart from the strange flavors of onion, zucchini,, pepper and wine; strawberry, sapa, raspberry, black cherries, quinces and jujubes were also prevalent. I sampled many bottles back home.
It was a day well spent at SI.GI, amidst nature and getting to taste it too. Their products are very unique and fresh and it makes you think long and hard about the “jams” we end up buying from the market.
If you would like to visit the farm please contact them on their Facebook page. SI.GI. can be best reached by car.
PS-I really think you should try the onion jam!