Stephanie has recently joined the “Horotiu Honeys” branch of Rural Women of NZ.
“We have been thinking about what we can do to help the community and came up with a project, ‘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.”
The project is to turn that surplus into preserves. “We have started with ‘Old Fashioned Marmalade’ from the RWNZ ‘A Good Harvest’ recipe book. 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.”
Stephanie says it was fun and they loved helping people in their community. The jars are currently going to Ngaruawahia Community Care Centre and are included in food bank parcels.
So remember to give Sweetree your empty glass honey jars and if you know of any other group in need of preserves or would like to help please let them know.