Zonia Slyfield is the founder of Joy of Harvest—a local business that crafts and sells preserves, jams, jellies and sauces. Slyfield has sold her products at local farmers’ markets, fairs and festivals for 15 years and has been with the University of Toronto Scarborough’s Farmers’ Market for the past five. A Highland Creek resident, she loves being able to sell her products to her own community.
“When I heard there was a farmers’ market opening up in Highland Creek, I was eager to sign up. I love meeting the people in my neighbourhood, particularly the students that come by.”
What started out as a hobby between Slyfield and her husband has grown into a successful business committed to creating products with a focus on health and community collaboration. Joy of Harvest uses locally grown produce, tropical fruits sold at local markets, are preservative-free and all made by hand in a local commercial kitchen.
“We rent a local bakery and use their kitchen to make our products. My husband and I support each other through this,” she says as she explains the importance local efforts in the Joy of Harvest.