Girl Meets Dirt Jams, Preserves and Drinking Vinegar

Girl Meets Dirt harvests island fruit on Orcas Island

written by Cara Strickland

If you wander into Girl Meets Dirt for an informal tasting, you might just get to chat with Audra Lawlor (the girl who met the dirt). Her story is just as romantic as it sounds—she left a high-powered Wall Street job to build a life with her love on Orcas Island. Another of her loves can be found in the orchard, where she harvests island fruit, often historical varieties, and uses it to make old-school jams and preserves (without commercial pectin or refined sugar), most of them single varietal, to let the fruit speak for themselves. She’s also been making drinking vinegars, like the bitter lemon lavender. All this adds up to unique island flavor you can bring home and savor long after you bid the ferry goodbye. Buy straight from the source, online or in person, or at a few farmer’s markets on the islands and near Seattle.



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