Here comes another Stall-holder Spotlight!
Wendy’s Crafts has become a fixture at markets in the Illawarra and abroad. Her utterly delightful products have a touch of that old world charm and her journey up to this point only serves to reinforce that feeling. You know the one we’re talking about; it’s that feeling you get giggling in the kitchen with loved ones; the feeling you get when bonding over one of Grandma’s decades-old recipes; it’s called Family - and it’s what this particular stall-holder is all about.
The loss of employment; a market stall at the Wagga Trash and Treasure markets; and a secret blackberry bush. These are the ingredients that saw Wendy’s Crafts become a reality. With her family having a rich history on produce farms, the preservation and preparation of fruit came naturally to Wendy; often finding herself in the kitchen learning the skill of her mother and grandmother before her. But it wasn’t until her Grandmother’s passing and the decision to keep her old recipes that Wendy’s repertoire really began to expand.
From her humble beginnings in fig and blackberry, to a range that now exceeded 20 different jams, relishes, and marmalades, Wendy has come a long way. Half of these recipes are still family recipes, and the rest she picked up along the way.
But no matter how much she diversifies, or how many new creations she concocts, Wendy still goes and harvests every single blackberry herself. If you see her come February, she apologises in advance for the state of her hands “which are usually a lovely shade of purple and festooned with scratches”. Blackberry harvesting can be rough.
Wendy still draws a lot of inspiration for her Grandmother’s 1945 CWA cookbook; so why don’t you take a trip down to market’s and let her tell you a little bit more. While you’re there you can give her tomato relish a try - “it’s definitely my best seller”.
Don’t forget to check out her website (https://www.whichwendyswares.com.au/) for more on the wonderful craft of Wendy.