What Started Out As A Hobby For Zonia And Her Husband, Has Now Become A Successful Business

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Yesterday I met Zonia Slyfield, founder of the Joy of Harvest which is a Toronto based business that makes and sells Jamaican jams, jellies and sauces.

Her beaming smile drew me in and I quickly recognized her Jamaican accent. After a brief moment observing her mannerism and the way she dealt with her customers, I knew it was worth finding out more about this woman. Recognizing that I could only grab a few minutes of her time, I asked her if I could share her story with my community.

Here is a summary of my short interview with Zonia.

Are you from Jamaica?

Yes, I am from Piedmont, Trelawny (and with a proud smile),  that’s not far from  Usain Bolt’s hometown (Sherwood Content).

How long have you been in Canada?

45 years, but I go back to Jamaica almost every year.

How long have you been in business?

15 years ago I started the business with my husband Calvin. At first we started out making Jamaican jams and sauces as a hobby and then we realized that we could make this into a business. All of our products are made from locally sources fruits and vegetables- and no preservatives are added.

When was the last time you visit Jamaica?

I visited last year and I am going back next month. I plan to teach Jamaican kids how to make jams, sauces and spices. I really feel passionate about helping Jamaican youths.

I ended my short interview and expressed my gratitude for her time. But before I left, I had to purchase a few items to satisfy my Jamaican taste.

Richard Williams

Co-founder of MyCaribbeanScoop.com, a passionate believer in the greatness of the Caribbean and its people. Fan of Bob Marley, Peter Tosh and Garnet Silk.

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