WILD AND FRUITFUL
Jane Maggs has been making beautiful, homemade preserves from her home in Wigton Cumbria for over a decade now.
The key to this business is in the name ‘Wild’. All the fruits used are locally grown and foraged from nearby orchards, farms and private gardens and Jane has built friendships with all of the producers. Brambles, damsons, blackcurrants, sloes, strawberries, raspberries, rosehips and even rose petals from Jane’s own garden make it into these little jars and bottles.
There is a vast range of curds, jams, jellies, sauces, fruit vinegars and chutneys and production changes with the season and is dictated by local availability of the fruits. Jane explained “I could buy in frozen fruits and concentrates from e.g. Poland but this would completely undermine the ethos of the business and of course the taste and flavour of our products. Our products are made by hand with seasonal fruits; I employ local people and support a wide range of other small, local businesses.”
Jane is the sort of person who sweeps you along with her enthusiasm and spirit and her determination to stick to the essential ideas underpinning her business
My favourite (although it was tricky to choose) was her bestselling Strawberry and Rose Petal conserve. This has a beautiful pink colour and fruity taste of strawberries with a very distinct flavour of roses-just like a summer garden. It was delicious on a home baked scone with cream-a lovely taste of Summer.
Available from the many local distributers eg Westmorland services, Rheged, Low Sizergh Barn farm shop, the Market Deli, Whitehaven and the cheese deli in Keswick but also from Fortnum & Mason and Harrods in London looking for an authentic taste of Cumbria.
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WILD AND FRUITFUL
Makers of specialist homemade preserves