There are not too many chilli producers in Scotland, but Galloway Chillies are in that very small group. Sheena, who runs the company, makes a range of chilli jams from her own home grown chillies. She comes from a farming family and is passionate about local and British produce and is very community orientated.
There is a facebook page for the event here
Shearing sheep is something that Sheena has experience of, being a farming girl, but not for over 18 years.
The reason for doing this is to raise funds for two charities – her local community hospital and the Royal Highland Education Trust who help to educate school children on where the food they eat comes from.
Sheena is putting together a chilli basket/hamper for the auction and is hoping that other British chilli businesses could donate something to it to make a proper collection of goodies. So far she has her own products, Bountiful Seeds, Dartmoor Chilli Farm and Wiga Wagaa Chillis donating to the hamper.
Sheena told me “I feel in this area especially that people don’t realise the amazing chilli products that are out there and by doing this, we will not only be giving a great auction prize but also promoting the many chilli businesses that are out there”
So calling all you UK hot sauce, pickle, chutney and jam makers out there, if you feel you can help by donating something to this worthy cause please contact Sheena via her website or her facebook page or via twitter @GallowayChilli
For those reading this who feel they could donate money directly, the group has a Just Giving page which gives some more information: