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Membership reaches 84

Date: 10/01/2007 | Posted by John Garton
THE latest additions to the Genuine Jersey stable include two artists, a vegetable grower, makers of preserves and beefburgers and a woodturner. The six new memberships were agreed by the management committee at its last meeting and bring the total to an all-time high of 84. The new members are:

Didier Hellio grows a range of fruit and vegetables exclusively at his farm in St Ouen. His produce includes potatoes and purple sprouting broccoli, carrots and calabrese, swedes, squashes and parsnips. In winter he also sells wallflowers and stock plants. Didier and his father set up the business during the 1970s and the entire range is on sale from the farm stall at Manor Farm, Vinchelez. Didier also supplies St Peter’s Co-op as well as various other farm shops.

Little Me is a range of homemade chutneys and jams created from locally grown fruit by Teresa Le Huquet. The chutneys – which include pumpkin and red tomato, chillied onion and sweet beetroot – are made with at least 85 per cent Jersey produce (the remaining ingredients are seasonings, sugar and flavourings such as lemon juice and ginger). Teresa picks up the fruit for her jams from local suppliers, including roadside stalls and farm shops. She always ensures that the fruit is locally sourced.

BrawKiko Glass is run by Sheena Brockie of Grouville. She produces decorative glass panels and platters handmade in her studio and kiln. Sheena uses recycled glass in her designs which she obtains from Pallot Glass. She also uses copper offcuts which she gets from a local plumber.

Bob Redmond runs Jersey Woodturners from his home in St John. He was granted membership to Genuine Jersey for his cabbage walking sticks, name signs for houses and turned wood products, all of which use at least 80 per cent local raw materials. Bob’s designs are on sale at the Harbour Gallery, St Aubin.

Woodside Farm is an existing Genuine Jersey member but owner Charles Gallichan has successfully applied to use the brand on his new range of beefburgers. Using recipes created by chef Mark Jordan, the burgers are made in his farm butchery at Trinity using Jersey beef. Charles has initially launched the burgers in chilli and original flavour but hopes to expand the range soon.

From her home in St Martin, Natalie Channing runs Jolie Choses! She creates wooden and fabric gifts, including wall hangings, decorations, door stops, wooden boats and lavender hearts and cushions. Natalie began making her designs for a coffee morning fundraiser but word soon spread and demand for her creations rapidly took off. Natalie studied textiles and design technology at Beaulieu Convent but later entered the finance industry. The success of her homemade designs, however, convinced her to leave her job in October last year and make Jolie Choses! her full-time occupation.

Genuine Jersey chairman Ken Syvret said: “We are delighted to welcome such a diverse array in the latest intake of new members, especially since it is clear that their aims and values are such a close fit to our own. The broad range of products - glassware, gifts and decorations, vegetable crops, chutneys and beefburgers - will help to take the Genuine Jersey message to the heart of the Island, to people of all generations and from all backgrounds.”