ORANGE F.O.O.D WEEK
Greentrees Gourmet Preserves
Greentrees Gourmet Preserves has been operating since January, 1994. They started due to the faith the local Visitors Centre had in their products.
Greentrees began as a 2 room bed and breakfast - the first in the City of Orange area - some eight months earlier in May, 1993. Visitor Centre staff came Greentrees in June 1993 to see what was offered to guests. When they sampled the Devonshire Tea with home made jams, they asked then and there if we would consider making jams, etc. for the Centre. We agreed, and following appropriate government approvals, production commenced for the next fruit season in January, 1994.
All products are made the old fashioned way by hand, - with fine quality local and regional fruits. The process is very labour intensive and time consuming. Over the years the product range has been extended to include approximately 26 varieties of jam, 6 marmalades, 4 jellies, 15 condiments and 13 varieties of bottled fruit, apricots, blackberries, blueberries, boysenberries, cherries, figs, gooseberries, loganberries, peaches, pears, plums, sour (Morello) cherries and sylvenberries.
Many people will remember the preserved fruit from Grandma's time. Beautiful ripe fruit is sealed in glass jars and placed in a special temperature controlled cooking unit for several hours. The results are lovely to look at and delicious to eat. It is a wonderful way to enjoy nature's bounty out-of-season especially at breakfast or as desserts.
Greentrees Continental breakfasts give guests a choice of fresh (in season) local berries, boysenberries, loganberries, apricots and plums for example. These luscious fruits make a great start to the day. Especially when followed by warm croissants, crumpets and/or raisin toast topped with a delicious selection of Greentrees jams, jellies and marmalades.
Winter breakfasts include old-fashioned rolled oats with preserved spiced peaches, figs cherries and sylvenberries to name a few choices.
The fruit Summer or Winter - is also delicious as a topping for home-made pancakes, one of the menu choices for guests enjoying the full Country Buffet breakfast.
Greentrees Gourmet Preserves has been a member of F.O.O.D. Inc. since January, 1995 and a member of Brand Orange since its inception some years ago. The products are listed in various local, regional and national, food, produce and wine guides and are in the Orange Food and Wine Trail booklet as part of The Pinnacle Run.
Greentrees products are available at the Orange Farmers Market on the second Saturday of each month, at various produce stalls during F.O.O.D. Week and throughout the Central West at various annual food, produce, wine festivals and fetes. See our Facebook page for forthcoming markets.
In addition, the Greentrees preserves range is available at a number of retail outlets in Orange and the Central West.