Thornton Burgess Society seeks beach plum donations to keep jam kitchen in operation – News – capecodtimes.com

Last season, Greenbriar Jam Kitchen received 500 pounds of donated beach plums to make 1,000 jars of jelly, which sold — and quickly sold out — at $14 a jar. “That $14,000 was essentially the jam kitchen’s budget for the year,” Ray Hebert, trustee chairman at the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History, said.

This may be one of Cape Cod’s most unusual fundraisers.

To keep Sandwich’s 117-year-old Greenbriar Jam Kitchen operating, officials are asking supporters to plant a beach plum hedge in their yards this fall and donate the fruit when it shows up next year.

“We don’t need you to write a check; you can support the jam kitchen with donated fruit,” Ray Hebert, trustee chairman at the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History, said. The museum includes the Thornton Burgess Society in Sandwich, which is believed to be the oldest continuously operating jam kitchen in the country.

Greenbriar accepts other donated fruit, but for Cape Cod, beach plum jelly is the iconic sweet spot.

Looking a bit like cranberries but in a variety of hues from blue-purple to yellow, beach plums are a fruit that grows wild in the sandy soil of the windswept Eastern coast. Those lucky enough to come across a patch of the rare gems while hiking keep the location secret, and even those who grow a cultivated strain at home do so quietly so as not to tempt plum poachers.

“When they bring in the beach plums, they don’t even tell me the location,” Hebert said.

Last season, Greenbriar Jam Kitchen got 500 pounds of donated beach plums to make 1,000 jars of jelly, which sold — and quickly sold out — at $14 a jar. “That $14,000 was essentially the jam kitchen’s budget for the year,” Hebert said.

In addition to supporting Greenbriar, a beach plum hedge could help your yard and the Cape’s environment.

“People always ask me ‘What can I do?’ There is good scientific evidence for the importance of native trees, shrubs and wildflowers,” Chris Neill, Ph.D., climate scientist at Woods Hole Research Center, said in an interview about a Native Plants Study released in the spring.

A wide variety of yards in six cities, including Boston, were studied. One of the key findings was that native plants (such as beach plums for the Cape) drew bees for pollination, triggering a chain reaction toward an ecosystem that is specifically local.

“The fact these things are native makes a real difference in attracting insects and feeding birds,” Neill said.

Incorporating native plants also cuts down on the size of manicured lawns, he said, which is important on Cape Cod because lawn fertilizers are associated with nitrogen runoff that pollutes water.

Russell Norton, agriculture and horticulture extension educator for the Cape Cod Cooperative Extension program, emailed that beach plums are “a suitable edible native that can easily be incorporated into a home landscape or in a natural border.”

He said the extension service encourages the plant’s use by making seedlings available

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Woman breaks into own kitchen after hungry cats jam the door closed with the food drawer

Cat burglar! Woman has to break into her own kitchen after hungry moggies jam the door closed with the food drawer when they raid it for treats

  • Rachel Straughan filmed the hilarious video in Morpeth, Northumberland   
  • One of her three cats Luna, Mitsy or Effy wanted to get treats from the drawer 
  • It took the pet owner over half an hour to eventually get back into her kitchen 

This is the hilarious moment a woman realises she has been locked out of her kitchen by her cat who had pulled the drawer out to get treats. 

Rachel Straughan realised she was not getting into her kitchen in Morpeth, Northumberland, any time soon as the door wouldn’t open.

As she films her kitchen through the window outside she says one of her pets have lodged the drawer against the door handle, jamming it shut.

One of Rachel Straughan's three cats, Luna, Mitsy or Effy, wanted to get some treats but ended up blocking the entry to the kitchen in Morpeth, Northumberland

One of Rachel Straughan’s three cats, Luna, Mitsy or Effy, wanted to get some treats but ended up blocking the entry to the kitchen in Morpeth, Northumberland

One of her pets have lodged the drawer against the door handle, jamming it shut, as she realises she can't get into her kitchen

Rachel Straughan (pictured) said it took her over half an hour to get into her kitchen after her pet cats had jammed the door shut

One of her pets have lodged the drawer against the door handle, jamming it shut, and Rachel Straughan (pictured) realises she can’t get into her kitchen 

One of her three cats, Luna, Mitsy or Effy, wanted to get some treats but ended up blocking the entry in the process.

The cheeky felines roam around the kitchen counter not realising that they have locked their owner out.

Trying to and gain access into her kitchen, Ms Straughan had to break both the drawer and the door.

She says it took her half an hour to get in, where she found her cats had been tucking into their treats that were sprinkled all across the floor.

They’d burst the packet of Dreamies treats open and had a feast while they had unintentionally locked themselves in the kitchen. 

The annoyed pet owner had to 'shoulder barge the door' to get it open, breaking both the door and the drawer in the process

She found her cats had been tucking into their treats that were sprinkled all across the floor and had burst the packet of Dreamies open

The annoyed pet owner had to ‘shoulder barge the door’ to get it open, breaking both the door and the drawer in the process where she found the cats had been tucking into treats

Their owner asks: ‘Serious?’ As the moggie stays perched on the counter, not realising the hassle it has caused. 

The annoyed pet owner then turns the camera on herself to explain how she managed to break back into the room.

She said she had to ‘shoulder barge the door so that it was open three inches’ so that she was able to get her hand through.

Once her hand was in, she knocked the drawer out on to the floor, causing it to break even further. 

After escaping the event with just a a few bruises on her wrist, she said that she ‘couldn’t believe’ what had happened.  

The cheeky felines roam around the kitchen counter not realising that they have locked their owner out as she films them helplessly from outside the window

The cheeky felines roam around the kitchen counter not realising that they have locked their owner out as she films them helplessly from outside the window 

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