A Southland woman's passion for pickles and jams is flourishing.
Samantha Dalton, who is originally from Ireland, was inspired to cook by her grandmother and now produces a range of delicious products which are being enjoyed around Southland.
''I don't know how it happened, but it just sort of grew.''
After making and giving away her wares for many years, Mrs Dalton decided to make her creations more official and Grandma Coleman's Old Fashioned Jams and Chutneys was born.
She uses some of her grandmother's old Irish recipes in combination with some she has developed herself, with all of her products handmade in jam pans on stove tops, using locally produced ingredients.
''It's more or less a hobby at the moment, though I'm hoping to turn it into a business within the next year.''
''For a start I wasn't confident that my products were anything special, but people come back and told me they're wonderful - so it's a very nice feeling.''
From rhubarb and orange jam, lemon and lime tipsy marmalade, to peach, nectarine and cardamom chutney, the combinations are interesting and fresh.
''It keeps me busy from dawn to dark sometimes.''
Each jar has a handmade label, featuring her grandmother, and includes a fabric cover with a beading trim, all created by Mrs Dalton in Riverton.
''You really have to enjoy doing it because there's a lot of effort that goes into it.''
Grandma Coleman's products can be found at the weekly Farmer's Market at Southland Boys' High School.
- The Southland Times