A mission to collect up Waiheke's seasonal abundance of plums and turn them into jam
and chutney ... in a day!
The cook-up will be a social affair, taking place on the
Thursday 7th January from 9-5 at Palm Beach Hall.
We're valuing and making the most of what we've got - a seasonal glut of juicy plums
that would otherwise go to waste and the know-how in our community to preserve them for later.
It's fun to do giant missions together. Plus, the people involved get to learn the preserving
process from the brain behind Waiheke's 'Traffic Jam' and take home the recipes for making
jams and chutneys at home! It's all part of celebrating Waiheke and creating a resilient local food
How does it work?
The drive will be a self-funding initiative. Everyone who contributes plums,
jars or their time will be entitled to jam and chutney in return. It's also a prototype for Waiheke's
next super-abundant crop of fruit.
How can I get my sticky fingers on some Plum Jam and Chutney?
1. Pledge your Plums - Bring as many plums as you can.
To help us be more organised you can text 0274 372 082 or call 372 8737 with the number of
shopping bags of plums you'll be able to offer. Either drop them at the Hall between 9 & 10 am
or include your address on the text and they'll be picked up between 8 and 10am on the day.
2. Donate Jars - Bring clean glass jars with lids and the labels soaked off.
Either drop them prior to the day at the SPCA & Red Cross or bring them to the Hall on the day.
Or text "Jars - with your street address" 0274 372 082 or call 372 8737 and we'll pick them
up on the day.
3. Lend a hand - Many hands make light work. Come along and help wash plums, label jars,
chop, cook, sterilise, bottle and generally have a great time! You can be a paid chief of any of
these roles or just drop in and help out.
Text your contact details 0274 372 082 or call 372 8737 if you'd like to be involved and we'll find you a role and let you know what to bring.
For example, if you are chopping you'll need a labeled knife, chop board and apron. Large pans, measuring jugs and
scales will be needed for cooking, and oven mits for handling hot jars.
Who's coordinating the event?
A group of Waiheke people passionate about
using the resources available to provide our community with fresh, tasty food.