I decided to take my own little chutney making enterprise, which I sell on the front wall in fine weather, up a notch or two. I took the online course for food preparation, (Takes about an hour online and £12.00) and now have a smart certificate! David says I should hang it in the kitchen in a frame! Then I sent off for a bulk order of little pots and sauce bottles, having researched to find the cheapest sources, so there isn’t a hotchpotch of jars and loads of scrubbing off other people’s sticky labels. I have also organised labelling on the computer, having fathomed the mysteries of Avery labels at last. Every jar will now have ingredients, date of production and the websites for this blog and village aid, which will receive the profits.
Anyway, I have made use of all the rhubarb, something which has done well in this miserable Spring, to make chutney, sauces and ketchups, mint jelly with the mint which razzles everywhere, and some fresh curds using our free-range fresh eggs. I am also trying to keep an accurate costings books and record the sales etc. Half goes towards paying off my costs and half to Village Aid. I’ve raised £20.00 for them already from the doorstep sales this week, and that was with only three days of fair weather.
The new branding of “mrsgarnettsgarden” will have an official launch after Church today when I am hosting a Village Aid support meeting and lunch. It’s also Christian Aid Sunday, so I shall plug that as well.