The Poetry of Jam

I think we make really good jam and sometimes see it in terms of a symphony - with a number of different notes working together to dance in your mouth.   It is the artistry of combining "rescued" fruit (which others have either forgotten or dismissed) with other fruits and flavours to make a finished product with layers of flavour.  Crystal Marshall is one of our workers in the kitchen and she has taken the task of keeping us organized and clean.  She is a phenomenal dish washer and gets jars sterilized and ready to be filled, cleans pots as they are emptied and organizes the store room and supplies.  In addition she helps when and where needed and has been a steady support in keeping the processes moving along.  I think we are a pretty good team with each person bringing their talents and skills as well as good humour and a willingness to share and learn. Although  some of us feel we are artists when it comes to jam, Crystal has been observing with all her senses and just this week shared a poem she created for Fruits of Sherbrooke.  I am quite blown away to see how she has captured what we do, in a totally different dimension. With her permission I share Crystal's poem.  If you copy or use it, please credit Crystal Marshall as the author and send us a note telling us where it has been used.

Jars of the heart

A prism to the beauty and riches

Of sweet nectar, and plum dew kisses

The effervescent wisps of steam

Convey all colours; a rainbow dream

For our hands and strength do toil

Unearthed treasures unfold their coil

For all creations to which inspire

To raise all pleasures, and taste desires

For all the jars we raise the bar

We share a love from jar to jar

Jars of sweet

Jars of tart

Jars of love

From jars of the heart


Crystal Marshall