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Jam to the Food Bank

Written by Stephanie on March 7th, 2019.      0 comments

You may recall that a small group of us ladies get together to make jam from surplus fruit picked or donated, pour it into recycled Sweetree honey jars and give them to our local food bank.  We have recently made some delicious plum and strawberry jams (plums thanks to our neighbour and strawberries thanks to a donation by The Strawberry Farm on Newells Road).  We've just dropped off a few boxes of the jams to our local food bank in Ngaurawahia, which will be handed out to those in need.  What a great service they provide!

Thanks to those customers that give Sweetree honey jars back to us at the Hamilton Farmers Market!  We particularly like to give to food bank small jars to make the jam go around more people, so keep saving them up for us!
 

Find out what 'Sharing the Surplus' is all about!

 
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Sharing the Surplus

Written by Stephanie on August 5th, 2016.      0 comments

Ever wondered what we do with the empty honey jars we get given back?  The local Rural Women of NZ group I am involved in has a 'Share the Surplus' project. We often see fruit trees laden with fruit and not picked and it seems such a shame when there are so many people struggling to put food on the table.  Our project turns that surplus into preserves!  We collect fruit from people who have surplus fruit on their trees, make preserves and give it to those in need.  

We've recently made strawberry jam (from strawberries we had frozen from summer) and marmalade from citrus that was donated to us.  We then got busy washing and sterilising our jars, cutting and blending fruit, measuring ingredients, stirring pots and filling jars!  Here are some photos of our process:

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It was fun and we love that we are helping people in our community. The jars have gone to 
Ngaurawahia Community Care Centre to be included in their food bank parcels.  We are going to meet regularly and carry this on, so if you have or know of any surplus fruit or would like to help please contact us.
 
Topics: , Enviromental , Recycle , Sharing the Surplus
 

Sharing the Surplus Update

Written by Stephanie on October 28th, 2012.      0 comments

You may recall in a previous blog post that we are donating our old honey jars to Rural Women of NZ to make jam, which is distributed to those in need in our area.

We have had a couple of jam making sessions since then, the last one was last week.  Five of us, from the Horotiu Honeys branch, got together to make marmalade and plum jam.  We sterilised, cut, weighed, measured, stirred and poured.  It was lots of fun.  Here's a couple of photos.

 
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Most of the the jars will be going to Ngaruawahia Community Care Centre  to be included in their food bank parcels.  We will be selling the rest at markets such as Gordonton Market with proceeds being given back to the community, after sugar costs are paid.

We are meeting once a month to make more jam for the community, so if you have or know of any surplus fruit or would like to help please contact us.  And remember to give us back your used jars, especially the small ones, so the jam can then be distributed to more people. 
Topics: , About Sweetree, Sharing the Surplus
 

Sharing the Surplus

Written by Stephanie on August 2nd, 2012.      2 comments

Ever wondered what we do with the empty honey jars we get given back?  We planned to sterilise and reuse them but have since found a much better cause!

As you may recall from a previous blog post I have joined the Rural Women of NZ.  The branch I have joined is the Horotiu Honeys (hard case, I was meant to join this group!).  We have been thinking about what we can do to help the community and we have come up with 'Sharing the Surplus'.

We often see fruit trees laden with fruit and not picked and it seems such a shame when there are so many people struggling to put food on the table.  Our project is to turn that surplus into preserves.  When people have surplus fruit on their trees we are going to pick it, make preserves and give it to those in need.  We started this Monday with 'Old Fashioned Marmalade' from the RWNZ 'A Good Harvest' recipe book.  It is such an easy recipe - even I can do it! 

We procured some grapefruits, oranges and lemons from Freecycle, Community Fruit Hamilton and a lovely gentleman down the road who didn't use his lemons.  We then got busy washing and sterilising our jars, cutting and blending fruit, measuring ingredients, stirring pots and filling jars!  Here are some photos of our process:
 
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It was fun and we love that we are helping people in our community. The jars will be going to Ngaurawahia Community Care Centre on Monday to be included in their food bank parcels.  We are going to meet regularly and carry this on, so if you have or know of any surplus fruit or would like to help please contact us.
 
Topics: , About Sweetree, Sharing the Surplus
 
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