Work Bee #1 – A Sweet Success

LOOK AT ALL THOSE JARS! Today was our first official Kootenay Food Work Bee – (Pilot #1)

We utilized the bright new space at the Valley Kitchen in Winlaw to bring together 8 volunteers for a four hour canning extravaganza!

We helped the WEGCSS (Slocan Food Bank) process a flush of plums taking up precious space and made 40 batches of (award winning) Community Chutney!  The Plums were slowly simmered  with farm fresh onions and garlic from Ravine Creek Farm (Love you guys!), and our champion apple gleaner Dayna rounded up some Slocan apples (your the BEST!), the rest of the canning essentials came from from Organic Matters (thanks for the support) and the jars were generously provided by Bernardin!

Our team of worker bees today included; Jenna, Marylinn, Casey, Sarah, Dayna, Shauna, Mia & Josh! Thank you all for you help and ideas! And thanks to Miche for delivering and organizing the kitchen tools we’ve been acquiring over the past week (Big Love to  Dawn at Bear Country Kitchen in Rossland and Canadian Tire in Trail) these tools will equip the mobile classroom and more events like this in future!

We made 230 jars of delicious chutney (Pickle Palooza 1st prize secret recipe courtesy of Carol), 80 of them (1/3rd)  will end up in the pantry at the food bank in Slocan,  Our worker bees took a fair share and the rest of the jars will be available for sale at events like Press Fest & Pickle Palooza (Save the Date: September 24th: Slocan Park Hall) Proceeds from the sales will be invested back into more Kootenay Food Programs and Events!

Were are crunching the numbers, and it looks like doing more of these WorkBees will go along way in feeding our community and supporting more good food initiatives! Great kick off to what looks like a promising model of hands on learning and engaging in this foodshed!

If your interested in buzzing in the kitchen with us next time, please send us a message!