For Liz and Morris Young of Sheaves Cove, setting up their jams and jellies preserves booth at the Port au Port Agricultural and Craft Fall Fair is more of a social thing.
Morris said during the summer picking different types of wild berries in-season is a hobby for him, taking a day or two at each type. Those range from squash, blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, to goose berries and mull berries.
“It’s the exercise and fresh air. I do it for that,” he said.
But it’s Liz that does the magic in the kitchen transforming the berries into jams and gourmet jellies for which they have repeat customers coming back year after year to purchase since they had their first booth back in 2008.
Some of the fancier stuff includes a selection of red wine jellies, pomegranate and Grand Marnier. There’s also red pepper, green pepper and jalapeno pepper jellies.
Liz also makes diabetic jams and does up some beets and bread dips.
“I’m all bottled out,” she joked. “All I have left to do now is put the label on the jars so everyone knows what they’re getting.”
Liz, who will turn 69 years of age on Nov. 19, said her specialty gourmet whiskey marmalade is a hot favourite. She said their sales usually increase a little bit every year.
She said the fall fair in Port au Port is well organized and after being there for so long she and Morris got to know a lot of people, so there’s the social end of it as well.
“We sell our products mostly to meet people, so it’s definitely a social thing,” Morris, who is 74, added.
The couple will be bringing their products to the Aquaculture Expo in Corner Brook on the October 12-14 weekend.
While they don’t sell any crops, Morris also plants garden vegetables in the summer with a variety of crops for themselves, family and friends.
45th Annual Port au Port Agricultural and Craft Fall Fair
Saturday, Sept. 29 – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 30 – 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Source: Port au Port Economic Development Association