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Sunday, October 2, 2022
Homemade jams, jellies a big hit at Grace United
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John Sayers
Special to The Lake Report

What do you associate with Easter Saturday? Well, if you’re at Grace United Church it’s the Jam Sale.

Crafted lovingly in the church kitchen using traditional time-tested recipes, these are the kind of jams and jellies that Grandma used to make.

So on Saturday morning, the public flocked to the church in what was not the nicest weather to buy a supply of strawberry (the world’s favourite), sour cherry, peach, blackcurrant (this writer’s favourite), marmalade, and other jams and jellies to stock up for the coming weeks.

And as well as the jams and jellies there was a wide range of sauces (people buy the famous Colonial Sauce by the case) for those who want to add a homemade touch to their meals.

Folks find that even a “heat and eat” dinner microwaved in a hurry is elevated several notches by adding the right sauce.

This all happens only because congregation members David Greaves and Heinz Probst make it happen, with hours spent in preparation for each delight.

In corporate business circles it’s called sweat equity.

Another expression is “value added,” and in this case the value is added by taking ingredients such as juicy strawberries and luscious cherries and spending hours in the kitchen to craft and bottle the product.

Last year that amounted to some $18,000 in church funding from sales of jams, jellies and sauces courtesy of David and Heinz.

And, as the old expression goes, that’s not small potatoes!