The Pastor’s pleasures began in 2008 as the brain child of Kerrie Provan. She wanted to make preserves, jams, pickles and chutneys using as much fruit from the Hilltops region of NSW as she could.
She was not interested in large batch production but small batches that she could monitor and maintain the flavours and quality she was aiming for.
Her cool climate region is already known for its cherries, Young NSW is the largest town in the region. However, the area is also becoming known as a wine grape production area with some of the best Shiraz produced in NSW, bald statement? Just try some.
Anyway: the fruit. Cool climate fruit grows slowly producing fresh ripe fruit flavours with great acid balance. This comes across in the jams she produces; full fruit flavours with a lovely sugar acid balance that makes the palate want to go back for more. These qualities also come through in her chutneys and pickles.
Since making her preserves is not only a small business but also her hobby and passion you as a purchaser can be assured of as high a quality product that love and care can produce.
At the moment most of Kerrie’s preserves are sold at markets, she has the benefit of direct public contact and so instant feedback from her customers. This not only allows her to fine tune her recipes to the public taste but has also brought about her contact with other businesses that after tasting, are happy to stock her products.
What about the name, The Pastor’s Pleasures? A lot of people ask. The name is simply a play on the fact that she lives in an old rectory. From this simple fact you may have realized that Kerrie has a sense of humour, a necessary requirement if you are in business for yourself.
However you can be assured that any purchase you make, either at a market or here online, has been treated with total respect for her ingredients and you the customer.