'Pantry share' launches

The historic Grist Mill and Gardens in Keremeos is launching an innovative new “pantry share” program.

Inspired by other successful community supported agriculture initiatives, the program provides the site's gardeners and area farmers with crucial early-spring financial support in exchange for a pantry full of preserves later in the year.

Members of the program invest $200 to $400 before the season starts. That money is used to buy jars, contract local farmers and invest in the site's gardens. Then as local fruit and vegetables come into season, they are turned into preserves.

Depending on where shareholders live in B.C., there will be several pick-up opportunities throughout the season.

"Our heritage site is in the middle of one of the most productive agricultural areas of the province and our kitchen has developed a reputation for the unique products we make from the bounty of our own property, as well as our Similkameen neighbours," says Chris Mathieson, GM of Grist Mill and Gardens Historic Site.

"This pantry share program allows the community to support our heritage crop work on site while getting a variety of delicious, unique products for their pantry.”

Only 50 shares will be available for purchase for the 2018 season, with early bird pricing available until Feb. 28.

More information can be found here.

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