A little pickle business

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.

About mrsgarnettsgarden

After a life in International Development where I have seen many resililent women farmers bring abundance out of almost nothing, I'm now more often at home in Derbyshire with my husband David, a retired Archdeacon who runs the churches on the Chatsworth estate. Our garden and my allotment are the setting for a little diary of plants and pottering, aided and abetted by our dogs, Spaniel jess, and Collie, Pip. David is a hen fanatic so the chicken runs encroach ever nearer the house. I work freelance as an assessor for Comic Relief International grants, and also run a little not for profit agency to help African women get going in business, called "Lasting Solutions."
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