|It is with this cultural expression that the Ayako & Family craft emerged. Ayako Gordon, a Tokyo native and now long-time Seattle resident, cherishes the time spent around the dinner table. Her call of "gohan!" a Japanese colloquialism for "meal," through the neighborhood prompts those within ear shot to swiftly belly up to the table. In the summer of 2010, she founded Ayako & Family Jams, partnering with Japanese Organic farmer Katsumi Taki to bring the rarest of European and Asiatic plum varieties to the pantries of preserves lovers around the globe. By hand selecting her fruit in small batches, the nuances of each flavor become clear; with enough integrity to lead its own conversation of flavors, Ayako & Family jams may not only change your idea of the Plum, but may very well lead you into the kitchen and inspire some food sharing of your own.