Stush In The Bush...
— A Jamaican love story produced by Zionites Farm, starring Christopher and Lisa Binns.
Patrons and shoppers at CPJ Deli located at 71 Lady Musgrave Road enjoyed tasty offerings Saturday last, courtesy of Lisa and Christopher Binns of Stush in the Bush. The handsome couple, both lovers of good, simple food, introduced Noel's Avocado Green Goddess Dressing, Chimchurri Sauce (the classic Argentinian sauce made from parsley, garlic, onions, red pepper flakes, red wine vinegar, olive oil, lemon or lime juice, a little sea salt and cracked black pepper) and Blow Fyah Pepper Sauce.
In addition to tastings of their fresh, spiced pineapple salsa, informal market research was done for their new product Beet Tapenade.
Lisa Binns shared with Thursday Life that her passion, not only for food, but also her love for her husband and his passion for pepper sauce were the couple's inspiration for Blow Fyah... "It's my husband's pepper sauce. It was made for him, out of love and affection, with my little twist of cilantro, garlic, and ginger."
"Eating can be basic," she continued, "or it can be an experience. Stush in the Bush is meant to give you a food experience... All the love and affection of growing the herbs in Noel's Avocado Green Goddess Dressing are what make it special. And just because you are vegetarian doesn't mean that food can't be exciting. At home, with Christopher, our food is exciting, and that is because we grow what we eat." That's no idle boast. The enterprising pair grow basil, cilantro and parsley. A surplus of Gros Michel, fig, honey, and Lakatan bananas means either selling at the market or creating something wonderful to eat. "And what's even better," continued Lisa, "is sharing that wonderful something with others."
That sharing commenced with the making of preserves from bananas, pineapples and papayas, as well as their signature gourmet pepper sauce, Blow Fyah. The farmers sold carrot cake and banana bread along with their produce at farmers' markets, and Sundays once a month at Harmony Hall. They also catered Asante Adonai's Literary Lyme and Jimi's Jam with vegetarian fare along with Sans Souci's Orchid Show and JOAM's (Jamaica Organic Agricultural Movement) Green Village at Denbigh. The product was at that time under another name, notably, Mama Walker's. "A friend, Jane Crichton, who loved Mama Walker's Banana Preserve, introduced it and us to Mark Weinberger. He designed the label and the rest, as they say, is history. We want STUSH in the BUSH to wake up your taste buds, using local, organic and sustainable produce, with a rustic, gourmet twist. As Dr Leahcim Semaj says, "We bubble a good pot."
Stush in the Bush is available in Kingston at CPJ Deli and Uncorked, and from Natalie Chen at L&M in Runaway Bay.