Money for jam: Strawberry jam being sold to help Carabooda farm

Pump up the Jam is helping farmers.
Pump up the Jam is helping farmers.

WHEN life gives you strawberries, turn them into jam.

That is what Pump Up The Jam’s Hayley Bresser has been doing this week in a bid to help the TD Nguyen Family strawberry farm in Carabooda.

On Tuesday, Ms Bresser was contacted by Ocean Keys Fresh in Clarkson which was going to have to throw out 80kg of strawberries following the recent needle crisis.

“This led to a lengthy conversation about the local family-run farm where the produce was from,” she said.

“This is something that is important to both of us because as a small businesses, we need to look after each other.

“Following the conversation, I did a stock count of my jars, purchased sugar and pectin and collected the strawberries.”

Yesterday she made about 80 jars of soft-set and regular strawberry jam and after posting to her Outside the Cake Box Facebook page, she was contacted by friends, family and the wider community to help.

“These offers will be taken up on Sunday in a busy bee-type day where we hope to make about 200 jars of jam,” Ms Bresser said.

“I have also had people contacting myself and Ocean Keys Fresh with offers to provide jars.

“I am lucky enough to have beautiful clients that have pre-ordered jam and put funds in my account and the letterbox to assist with the cost of sugar and pectin.”

She said Ocean Keys Fresh would continue to buy strawberries from the Carabooda family who were being affected by the controversy.

From today, the Clarkson store is also selling the jars of jam for a gold coin donation as well as the fresh strawberries, with all proceeds going to the family.