J – Jam

By Michael Martin On April 12, 2016 · Add Comment · J – Jam

Down on the allotment fresh produce is discussed, swapped, given away and bartered with. My neighbour often asks for soft fruits when spare as his wife is a very keen Jam maker. To me its a fair deal giving bags of excess strawberries and raspberries I have in abundance and receiving in return some beautifully packaged Jam & jelly.

The most recent acquisitions were hedge row jelly and Seville orange marmalade given in return for some produce taken at the back end of last year. We obviously don’t have oranges down the allotment but the jelly from the hedgerow was divine so my guests at the B&B told me! I haven’t opened the marmalade yet.

I only use the products that I can buy at the roadside in the village for my breakfast table and the cream teas I put out for arriving guests at the Beach Houses in Walcott, Bacton, Mundesley & Happisburgh.

Jam Pot AdvertRoad Side

 

 

Around the village I have found a number of roadside stalls that sell various Jams, Chutneys, pickles as well as fresh eggs all individually presented and delicious to eat.

A bit of research into Jam makers produces some interesting anecdote, I had no idea that the Jam makers during times of industrial revolt among railway men and associated trades, also went on strike;

“In the summer of 1911, 15,000 women in Bermondsey, South London came out on strike against low wages and bad working conditions in the district. Thirty firms, including a number of jam and biscuit factories, were affected by the strike. The National Federation of Women Workers moved all available staff into the area to help organise the women and the Women’s Trade Union League launched a financial appeal. Many concessions were obtained and at Pinks’ jam factory, the wage rose from 9 to 11 shillings per week” (1)

Jam, Norfolk
Jam Stall Bacton

I think ‘June’ enjoys her work, is self financed and likes the frequent visitors at her seaside home’s garden stall, a changed world from those endured by the Jam workers of London & Liverpool in the nineteen hundreds, I can imagine.

(1) www.unionhistory.info

 

 

 

 

One thought on “J – Jam”

  1. It’s great that you support your local suppliers. Home made are the best. I just don’t eat that much so they have to be the small jars or they’d be wasted. My childhood memories include making strawberry and raspberry jam with all the spare fruit Dad grew.

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