Peats Ridge Money-for-Jam project
Our Peats Ridge strawberry growers, John and Marika Vella, have lost nearly their whole wintercrop to frost. (Some of you will have seen some berries with black spots on them). Actually, it was the combination of frost and wet from which they didn’t recover. The loss represents some 6 weeks of picking and was a big blow to the family who have 4 young kids.
When we found out about it, we were determined to help them out. And we soon hit upon the idea of turning the strawberries into jam – inspired by the many varieties of jam cooked up by the Armenian residents of the Ivanhoe public housing estate who receive most of our donated fresh produce. Jam Maker-in-Chief Araxi sees it as an opportunity to give something back and has volunteered her services over the coming month.
Access to the commercial kitchens of Macquarie Uni, some student volunteers, discounted jam jars from Plasdene and donated sugar by Harkola means that we keep the cost to a minimum – and so close to 100% of the sales is going back to John and Marika.
If you are not a Harvest Hub member and would like to order jam or are a Harvest Hub member and have a group then you can request an order form email@example.com
375gms for $5.00