GRENDELicious seeks to create further connectivity between our activities and programs, primarily by adding value to food that we have grown, harvested or gleaned locally. Through the GRENDELicious program participants are engaged in making wholesome baked goods, preserves, ready-to-cook frozen foods, teas as well as fresh and frozen soups. These activities not only add value to the food which we have grown, harvested and gleaned, but also demonstrate in a hands-on way where food comes from and how it is prepared into a final product. We also believe that the GRENDELicious program is meeting a growing desire of consumers to eat locally grown and prepared food.
Packing Garlic Scapes in Jars Processing Apple Sauce Making Mini Pies
Here are a list of products that GRENDELicious currently makes:
- Pickled Garlic Scapes
- Zucchini Relish
- Raspberry Jam
- Apple Sauce
- Veggie Burgers
- Herbal Teas
The GRENDELIicious program also offers public soup lunches in the cooler months, approximately from October to March. Theses lunches allow us to engage directly with the public and serve up seasonal soups based on the delicious veggies that were grown throughout the summer. The soup lunches are usually held on the last Friday of the month. Please check our Facebook page for a schedule of dates.
Enjoying a bowl of Carrot and Winter Squash Soup
GLEANING and PROCESSING
Picking Cherries in Smithers Getting Ready to Shake the Apples Down
GRENDELicious participants also glean tree fruit, primarily apples, each fall. In the past these apples have been processed into apple sauce and also into dried apple rings, but we currently press most of the apples to make fresh, delicious cider. In 2015, with the help of funding from the Kassandra Trust, we purchased an apple grinder and press. 2015 was a great year for gleaning apples and we brought in several thousand pounds of apples. Over two days we held a fun, open-to-the-public pressing event where participants, staff, family, friends and passersby could jump in and help out in the pressing. You can check out pictures of the event by clicking here - APPLE CIDER PRESSING -. Everyone went home with lots of cider too!
To date, we have conducted at least one public day of pressing ever year. Our 2018 Apple Gladness event was held on September 7th and was well attended by participants, family, friends and the general public. We all thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and pressed several hundred litres of cider.