After taking some initial horticulture courses at Olds College, what started out in 2005 as a hobby growing flowers for our own acreage, turned into a small greenhouse business. Gardening in a Zone 2/3 climate has its challenges so I primarily concentrated on plants that will did well in this part of Alberta.
In 2008, I graduated with distinction from Olds College, Olds, Alberta, with a Prairie Horticultural Certificate in Arboriculture and Landscape Design. I continued to expand my knowledge with specific landscape design courses from Olds College.
Our courtyard was filled with the flowers I grew every year and anything not sold from the greenhouse was tucked into various corners of our yard. As a result, it was always an eclectic selection but full of colour!
In 2011, I brought some of the hot pepper jellies that I had made as Christmas presents to a Christmas Craft Sale held in December of that year. I was promoting my greenhouse but felt I needed to be able to sell a product at the same time. Little did I know that those jellies would take me in an entirely new direction! I sold out and had orders for more!
The spring of 2012, I focused on strictly growing peppers, tomato plants and the herbs that I needed for my jellies. In August, I started attending local Farmers Markets and my jellies continued to be a hit!
Since moving in 2014 from our acreage into the Town of Didsbury, I now have a separate commercial kitchen in my home to produce my jellies!
What I can personally grow is limited by our location now but, whenever possible, I will continue to buy ingredients from local producers. I am a great supporter of our local commercial greenhouse, Shirley's Greenhouse, located on Bergthal road south east of Didsbury!
A high percentage of my business is from repeat customers and referrals and I always have samples for customers to try. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or would like to order any of my Feasting Jellies, Jams or Pickles!
Pat Crothers (403) 335-3830
or cell (403) 507-1531
Box 1296, 305 Valarosa Place
Didsbury, AB T0M 0W0