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Don't stop preserving good memories!
Duncan Switch Street Market was suppose to have been the last selling event for Providence Preserves in 2020. Well all of that changed. Two days before the market, all of my products were sold to 3, yes 3, local customers in the DFW area. It was a pleasant surprise & a blessing all-in-one! We are completely out of product until spring of 2021. The Cedar Hill Market on Houston Street in Cedar Hill may still have a few of my products on the shelves, But if not, you will also find some other delicious goodies to satisfy your sweet tooth there.
Family, friends & customers, both near & far, thank you for your support, encouragement & patronage this year. It is sincerely appreciated.
From our kitchen to yours,
Merry Christmas & Happy New Year
Providence Preserves LLC
Its Christmas dinner and you suddenly realize you forgot to get the pickles like Grandma use to serve!
Only got a few jars left. Better hurry!!!
Bread & Butter Pickles, Watermelon Rind Pickles, Squash Pickles.
All great conversation pieces at dinner.
Two black women, both from Elizabeth City NC, both related to me either directly or by marriage, influenced me in my canning journey, aka making preserves. One lady was a maternal aunt, Elsie Burke. Aunt Elsie was one of my mother's six sisters. She grew lots of veggies in her very large garden. What she didn't give away or freeze, she canned. As a young teen, I was privileged to watch her make amazing pickles, vegetables and fruit preserves but never allowed to assist. Today I make a sweet & spicy pickle in her honor. This pickle is only given to first cousins who can appreciate the story behind the pickles. Aunt Elsie was probably more spicy than sweet! All of my cousins and much of ECity can attest to that. The other lady was my mother-in-love Erma Roberts. Ma Roberts was also a canner. She made excellent Bread & Butter Pickles. Unlike Aunt Elsie, she allowed me to not only watch her but assist too. After I retired, Ma Roberts would assist me with making preserves. I could always count on her to help me prep for WHATEVER I was planning to can. I remember one summer day, I think in 2010, while we were peeling apples, our bowl of fruit slid across the table. We later learned it had been an earthquake. She and I decided a good name for that batch of cooked apples should be called "Earthquake Applesauce". It was some of the best applesauce I had ever made!
Both of these ladies loved the idea of me making preserves. They saw my canning as preserving a lost artform that they enjoyed doing. Aunt Elsie transitioned from this life in December 2010. My mother-in-love has now started her transitioning. I will always treasure their gift of preserving they imparted to me.
We will be at Duncan Switch this Sat, 11/21, from 9am until 3pm, on Main Street in Duncanville.
We'll have pint jar sizes of:
Bread & Butter Pickles (pints)
Squash Pickles (pints)
Watermelon Rind Pickles (pints)
Make your own gift box using 4oz jars of:
Bread & Butter Pickles
Cinnamon Cucumber Rings
Jalapeno Mint Jam
Peach Habanero Jam
Tomato Pear Chutney
Watermelon Rind Pickles AND
With so many people gardening and canning these days, there is a jar shortage in the US. We will deduct 25cents from your order for every empty Providence Preserves jar you return to us.
If all goes well, Ken, Sheila & I will be at Duncan Switch this Saturday from 9 until 1. We'll have Southern Biscuit Mixes, Squash Pickles, Bread & Butter Pickles & Watermelon Rind Pickles all in half pint & pint sizes, You can also expect to see your favorite Jams and Chow-Chow available in 4oz gift box sizes.
Looking forward to seeing you this Sat
Keep PRESERVING those memories...
2020 has been like no other year previously in the business. February foot surgery, recuperation and physical therapy delayed the start of production. COVID-19 caused us to decreased production. With that said, we have fewer jars for sale than we would normally. Most of you know I prefer to use local, in-season, organic produce to make the products. That said, our inventory is VERY low so please call before ordering.
If you're thinking about ordering some items for Christmas, now might be a great time to do that. You can custom design a gift box with 4oz jars and biscuit mix. It would be a gift sure to please!
To all of the folks that purchased a jar or two of Tomato Pear Chutney this past weekend, thank you! You asked about ways to serve it and we did not find the serving suggestion cards until we started packing up. Here's a pic of the card you should have gotten Saturday. For those of you who did NOT buy a jar, it's not too late. We still have a few jars left if your taste buds are insisting you do the right thing!
It hasn't been a dull weekend since the weekend of September. 19th. On that weekend we were busy at Duncan Switch in downtown Duncanville. We had a lot of fun and saw many returning customers. Just about everyone had on a mask. The weekend of Sept. 26th, we were on a horse & cattle farm in Rockwall Tx. with the State Fair Social Distance event. Again we met new people through our products. The owners of the farm had an inspiring display of "Say Their Names", pictures of Black men, women and children killed because of the color of their skin. This weekend, Oct 3rd, we will be in Farmers Branch Tx at the Mary Immaculate Church Fall Festival. This will be our first time at this event. Over 50 vendors will be there. I will attempt to be more diligent about taking pics and posting them sooner rather than later.
Percentage of sales will benefit North Texas Food Bank
Give family or friends a treat they weren't expecting! Homemade southern style biscuits (you made) with some homemade jam. The only thing missing would be a hot cup of coffee tea or coco.
I believe there is something very special about making