Grist Mill pantry share program returning with plenty of preserves for 2021

Pantry share coming back

Bringing jams, jellies, pickles and more, the Grist Mill and Gardens in Keremeos is starting up their pantry share program for 2021.

Participants who sign up for the share help the farm invest in their gardens, contract local farmers for a portion of their crop, buy jars and other ingredients.

Once the local fruit, veggies and flowers come into season, Grist Mill turns them into a variety of delicious creations.

Recipients will get to pick 100 per cent of the items they order and at the end of the season, any outstanding balance in the shares bought is used to support the work preserving and sharing the farm’s local piece of heritage.

Those who buy will also get a 15 per cent discount, as an appreciation for the up-front contributions. This discount is provided as an added value to your share. For example, if you purchase a $200 share, you get $230 in share value.

For every $100 purchased, people can expect to receive an average of ten jars of product across all of the different kinds. Last year, Grist Mill made about 15 varieties of pickles, about 30 varieties of jams and jellies plus an assortment of BBQ sauces, salsas, mustards, chutneys and more.

Because of COVID-19, the farm will be offering three delivery options this year: no-contact delivery right to your door (for a small fee), scheduled pick-up opportunities in your community, or pick-up at the Grist Mill.

The goal is to run five deliveries through July until Mid-December, throughout the Similkameen, Okanagan and Lower Mainland.

For more information, visit their website here.

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