Honouring Nature’s Bounty
Central Otago value: Adding Value
Gertz Larder pays homage to Central Otago’s plentiful produce while gifting an inimitable flavour twist. Glenda’s vision is to honour the fruit and share her passion for Central Otago’s splendid produce. Cherry, pinot noir, apricot and crab apple—vinegars that capture Central Otago’s iconic fruit flavours. There’s also the pickled onions suggested by a friend.
How could I incorporate pickled onions into local? At the market I got to know our local honey producers. That’s how I came up with thyme honey pickled onions, my bestseller. A Christchurch truck driver rang me and said `Glenda, your pickled onions—I usually pick them up on my way through Cromwell but I can’t get them. I want five jars.’ I also make a 150th gold rush commemorative pioneer pear sauce, it’s a mustardy, goldy colour—so like our gorgeous Central Otago autumn colours.
Collaborative Community Spirit
Central Otago value: respecting others
Collaboration and respect for the hard graft and achievements of others are concepts at the heart of Gertz Larder’s business philosophy. Sharing the love gets results for all.
We have quite a few jam, chutney and preserve producers at the market. We’re working together to help each other. You know, `where are you getting your jars from?’ `Make sure you get in on that deal’. It’s like a family really. It’s a community approach and it’s the only way a community can grow if you’re working together like that. It’s all about the sharing. It’s a small community and we’re in close contact with the growers—five minutes in the car and you’re at an orchard. We’ve all got the same passion about what we’re doing and we’re all in it for that same reason.
Openly Sharing the Joy
Central Otago value: having integrity
Gertz Larder shares the pleasures of Central Otago’s delightful flavours in an open, honest and friendly way. Their wonderful creations are produced with the utmost integrity.
You taste it in a bottle when someone makes something with passion. People think “That lady is passionate about what she does, it must be in that bottle.” That’s a huge belief of mine. I like to talk with people to share Central Otago flavours in the hope that their unique qualities are better understood. And the way our seasons treat the fruit—it does have an effect on the flavours.
You do try to influence others. Try the pickled onions, there’s the honey producer over there. And I love to do that and promote others as much as myself, if I respect their belief and what they’re doing.