Fifty United Church volunteers 'jamming' for Winona Peach Festival

Community Jan 07, 2020 by Mike Pearson Stoney Creek News

Volunteers are “jamming” this week at Fifty United Church in Winona.

In just five days, church volunteers and community members will make about 800 jars of peach jam and jelly to be sold this August at the Winona Peach Festival.

Volunteer Kathy Kushnie said a team of about 22 volunteers – seven each day – spend one week every January making the sweet peach spreads.

“We do mostly jam, but always some jelly,” said Kushnie.

The idea to make peach spreads came many years ago when the Winona Men’s Club would typically have leftover juices after making their peach festival sundaes.

Today the peaches are picked fresh in August from nearby Puddicombe farms. The fruit is then peeled and frozen so it’s ready to be made into fruit spreads each January.

“We’ve made the jam like this for about 25 years,” said Kushnie.

The peach jelly is a lighter colour and is made from juice; the jam is darker and contains peach pieces.

“We used to do about 640 jars or so,” Kushnie noted. “Now we do about 800, because we were selling out by noon on Sunday (of the festival).”

Volunteers work in the church kitchen in an assembly line style. Jobs include everything from measuring the sugar to sterilizing the jars, cooking the peaches and filling the jars with the finished product. Jars are sealed with a “pop,” preserving the sweet contents for use at a later date.

The peach jam is made with three simple ingredients: peaches, sugar and natural fruit pectin.

The jam sells for $6 a jar, a price that hasn’t changed for about 10 years.

Those looking to sample the jam and jelly will have to wait for this year’s Winona Peach Festival, slated for Aug. 28-30.

Fifty United is also known for its peach pies, which are baked by church volunteers using local peaches.

In late August, volunteers will bake about 1,900 pies using facilities at the Fiesta Mall Fortinos. Since 1996, the store has allowed church volunteers to assemble and bake the pies in its commercial bakery in preparation for the peach festival.

The pies and spreads typically sell out, so customers should plan to come early.

Fifty United Church volunteers 'jamming' for Winona Peach Festival

Church volunteers make 800 jars of jam, jelly each January

Community Jan 07, 2020 by Mike Pearson Stoney Creek News

Volunteers are “jamming” this week at Fifty United Church in Winona.

In just five days, church volunteers and community members will make about 800 jars of peach jam and jelly to be sold this August at the Winona Peach Festival.

Volunteer Kathy Kushnie said a team of about 22 volunteers – seven each day – spend one week every January making the sweet peach spreads.

“We do mostly jam, but always some jelly,” said Kushnie.

The idea to make peach spreads came many years ago when the Winona Men’s Club would typically have leftover juices after making their peach festival sundaes.

Today the peaches are picked fresh in August from nearby Puddicombe farms. The fruit is then peeled and frozen so it’s ready to be made into fruit spreads each January.

“We’ve made the jam like this for about 25 years,” said Kushnie.

The peach jelly is a lighter colour and is made from juice; the jam is darker and contains peach pieces.

“We used to do about 640 jars or so,” Kushnie noted. “Now we do about 800, because we were selling out by noon on Sunday (of the festival).”

Volunteers work in the church kitchen in an assembly line style. Jobs include everything from measuring the sugar to sterilizing the jars, cooking the peaches and filling the jars with the finished product. Jars are sealed with a “pop,” preserving the sweet contents for use at a later date.

The peach jam is made with three simple ingredients: peaches, sugar and natural fruit pectin.

The jam sells for $6 a jar, a price that hasn’t changed for about 10 years.

Those looking to sample the jam and jelly will have to wait for this year’s Winona Peach Festival, slated for Aug. 28-30.

Fifty United is also known for its peach pies, which are baked by church volunteers using local peaches.

In late August, volunteers will bake about 1,900 pies using facilities at the Fiesta Mall Fortinos. Since 1996, the store has allowed church volunteers to assemble and bake the pies in its commercial bakery in preparation for the peach festival.

The pies and spreads typically sell out, so customers should plan to come early.

Fifty United Church volunteers 'jamming' for Winona Peach Festival

Church volunteers make 800 jars of jam, jelly each January

Community Jan 07, 2020 by Mike Pearson Stoney Creek News

Volunteers are “jamming” this week at Fifty United Church in Winona.

In just five days, church volunteers and community members will make about 800 jars of peach jam and jelly to be sold this August at the Winona Peach Festival.

Volunteer Kathy Kushnie said a team of about 22 volunteers – seven each day – spend one week every January making the sweet peach spreads.

“We do mostly jam, but always some jelly,” said Kushnie.

The idea to make peach spreads came many years ago when the Winona Men’s Club would typically have leftover juices after making their peach festival sundaes.

Today the peaches are picked fresh in August from nearby Puddicombe farms. The fruit is then peeled and frozen so it’s ready to be made into fruit spreads each January.

“We’ve made the jam like this for about 25 years,” said Kushnie.

The peach jelly is a lighter colour and is made from juice; the jam is darker and contains peach pieces.

“We used to do about 640 jars or so,” Kushnie noted. “Now we do about 800, because we were selling out by noon on Sunday (of the festival).”

Volunteers work in the church kitchen in an assembly line style. Jobs include everything from measuring the sugar to sterilizing the jars, cooking the peaches and filling the jars with the finished product. Jars are sealed with a “pop,” preserving the sweet contents for use at a later date.

The peach jam is made with three simple ingredients: peaches, sugar and natural fruit pectin.

The jam sells for $6 a jar, a price that hasn’t changed for about 10 years.

Those looking to sample the jam and jelly will have to wait for this year’s Winona Peach Festival, slated for Aug. 28-30.

Fifty United is also known for its peach pies, which are baked by church volunteers using local peaches.

In late August, volunteers will bake about 1,900 pies using facilities at the Fiesta Mall Fortinos. Since 1996, the store has allowed church volunteers to assemble and bake the pies in its commercial bakery in preparation for the peach festival.

The pies and spreads typically sell out, so customers should plan to come early.