Man enjoys fruits of his labour
By MIKE NORRIS, THE WHIG-STANDARD
For more than 20 years, Robert Henderson has found himself in a jam. Make that jams… and jellies and marmalades and mustards and chutneys and relishes… 35 different kinds, to be exact.
The owner of Henderson Farms on Wolfe Island garnered a couple of awards in the preserves competition at the recent Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto.
His Apricot Jalapeno Jelly placed first in the Savory Jam / Jelly category and his Maple Syrup Jelly placed first as usual, in the Maple Jelly category.
His Quince Jam was judged second best in the Single Fruit Jam division and his Dandelion Wine Jelly placed fifth in the Spirited Jelly class.
“It gives you credibility,” Henderson, 47, said of the Toronto awards. “It helps increase sales. People want to try more (products).”
He has tasted success many times at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair, where he has been showing his wares since 2000. He was the Grand Champion Jelly and Jam Maker two years in a row (2006 and 2007) and won the Judges Choice Award in 2008 for his Pear and Quince Jam.
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