Ginger-Rose Krueck's Profile

About

Welcome!
Our shop is based in the heart of the South - Nashville, TN. We are surrounded by rich fertile lands and so fourtunate to have an abundance of pick your own farms within a short drive of us. Our canning season begins in early spring when the mulberry trees ripen to a rich deep red and purple then progresses all the way through late fall as we bring in the last of the apples and fill our home with the sweet smell of apple butter! Along the way we'll have strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, blueberries, peaches, plums, and cherries too. Tennessee is a wonderful place to live and I love being able to capture the warm tastes of spring in summer through the time-honored tradition of home canning.

My love of canning has grown out of my simple love of mulberries. If blackberries were the homecoming queen of berries then mulberries might be the…

Read more

  • Female
  • Joined April 28, 2012

Shop

About

Welcome!
Our shop is based in the heart of the South - Nashville, TN. We are surrounded by rich fertile lands and so fourtunate to have an abundance of pick your own farms within a short drive of us. Our canning season begins in early spring when the mulberry trees ripen to a rich deep red and purple then progresses all the way through late fall as we bring in the last of the apples and fill our home with the sweet smell of apple butter! Along the way we'll have strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, blueberries, peaches, plums, and cherries too. Tennessee is a wonderful place to live and I love being able to capture the warm tastes of spring in summer through the time-honored tradition of home canning.

My love of canning has grown out of my simple love of mulberries. If blackberries were the homecoming queen of berries then mulberries might be the shy girl next door. Humble, unpretentious, reliable, familiar, and unremarkable to most, these berries are actually packed with B vitamins and have an amazing story behind them that includes espionage and kidnapping! The mulberry tree was 'stolen' from China centuries ago when it was discoverd to be the key to their silk production and the rest is history. The tree now exists all over the world in many different varieties.

I, like many people, have fond memories of climbing up into a mulberry tree as a kid to swipe a free playtime snack. No doubt if you have ever encountered this fruit you also know that it stains everything it touches. Mom always knew when I had found a mulberry tree because my hands, face, and clothes told the story in purple stains. I have always been drawn to this remarkably abundant little fruit, with its tart sweetness and pretty deep purple coloring, and I was delighted to discover several trees in my own back yard here in Nashville. Mulberry trees can grow up to 75 ft. high and ours are not young so we quickly learned that there was more fruit out there than we could eat, though we tried our best that first year. I began experimenting with making them into jam and found inventive ways to harvest the crop more efficiently. The first year we picked them all by hand. Now we have strings tied to the upper branches that we use to shake them all down to sheets we lay below. I'll never forget the first time we tried this method. I laid out all the sheets and invited my oldest daughter, who was almost 3 at the time, to come have a seat underneath the tree. Then we pulled the strings. At first there was a gentle patter as a handful of berries tumbled from above. I pulled again, more forcefully this time, and mulberries rained down on us both from way up high...hundreds upon hundreds of mulberries! Squeels of delight and laughter followed and I knew we had begun a great adventure together.

So one thing leads to another I suppose. We turned our backs on a lifelong friend, Mr. Smuckers Jam Co., two years ago and made the switch to homemade jams for all our needs. It has been both wonderful and liberating. I have branched out and now make a wide variety of jams, chutneys, and other canned goods throughout the season. For me home canning is a way to connect with a more simple and resourceful time, a way to express my love of rich flavors in food, and a great way to secure quality time with my kids (lots of hours visiting farms, tasting fresh produce, and toiling in the kitchen together!) As the saying goes, "there are no shortcuts in canning", it is an investment of time that yields unmatched results in quality of product. Truly it is really a labor of love and I am excited to be sharing it with folks outside my immediate circle of friends and family for the first time.

It is my sincere hope that you will enjoy our products so much that you'll reccomend them to others and hopefully even return for more. If you are local, you can return jars that are free of cracks and chips for a .50 discount towards future purchases. I'm also keeping a list of folks who want to recieve a heads up before next season's harvest for early purchasing. If you have any questions about anything related to our product please don't hesitate to ask, I'd love to hear from you.

Unfollow username?

Are you sure you want to stop following this person?