Trish exits pickle market

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Trish McLaren (left) with Ashburton Farmers' Market treasurer Bernie Harkness at her last market day.

Eighty-two-year-old Trish McLaren has made $27,000 for Ronald McDonald House through sales of her homemade jams, pickles, sauces, preserves and biscuits at Ashburton Farmers’ Market over the past four years.

The Ashburton St John health shuttle also received $1000 from her last year from product proceeds.

Mrs McLaren sold at the market for the last time on Saturday and is now keen to clear remaining stocks of homemade goodies from her cupboards at home.

She said she would miss the social aspect of the Saturday morning markets on West Street.

Fellow market traders had been a big support to her, she said.

Product tastings had tempted buyers over the past four years and had “helped her sell so much more”.

Mrs McLaren said she was grateful for donations of fruit and vegetables from the community, which she had used in her products, and also to the support of those who had helped her sterilise thousands of jars.

“I’ve been very happy to support Ronald McDonald House because it provides such a valuable service and I’ve been humbled by the thanks I’ve received from the organisation.”

Mrs McLaren is happy to sell her remaining stocks from home after the current lockdown is over and can then be contacted on 308 8105.

“I’m happy to sell to people if they’re healthy and I’m healthy.”