Yorkshire Meadows captures freshness

Liz McLelland smiles from behind an array of baked goods, lemon and lime curd at the Wellsboro Growers Market.

When you open a jar of Yorkshire Meadows lemon curd, it’s like discovering edible sunshine.

Bright, refreshing, sharp and sweet.

Liz McLelland, the maker of both lemon and lime curd, brings her curds along with fresh-baked scones, cookies, jams and jellies to the Wellsboro Growers Market on Thursday afternoons.

The ingredient list for curd is short and simple: free-range eggs, sugar, butter and citrus — both the zest and fresh juice. McLelland said she whips up goodies that are true to her Yorkshire heritage.

Once you try her curd, there’s no end to the uses you’ll find for it. Stir it in vanilla yogurt. Slather it atop her homemade scones or an English muffin. It adds punch to ice cream sandwiches made with ginger molasses cookies and vanilla ice cream.

“Lemon curd goes with anything ginger, blueberries or raspberries,” she said.

Her recipe makes eight eight-ounce jars and takes — from start to finish — about one hour, including the 15 minutes to seal the curd in a canner. It’s a favorite for many market goers.

“The curd will keep in the cupboard for a couple of months. But once you open it, you just eat it until it’s gone,” McLelland said.

McLelland’s foray into home canning came after the move from Philadelphia to Tioga County. She and her husband had land, so they put in a garden, bought hogs, cows, sheep and chickens and produced much of the family’s food.

“I found intense satisfaction in sitting down to eat what we grew ourselves,” McLelland said.

While lemons and limes in her curd may not be grown here, many of the berries and fruit in her homemade jams and jellies are. McLelland gets blueberries from one neighbor, while another provides rhubarb. Again, the ingredient list is simple and short: fruit, sugar and pectin.

“There are no preservatives,” she said. “Plus the turnover is quick. It doesn’t sit on shelves for months at a time.”

Zucchini comes from her own garden. McLelland peels, shreds and freezes it, which allows her to have zucchini bread for sale in early spring.

McLelland also has a knitting and yard shop. Yorkshire Meadows, located on Elk Run Road, Mansfield, can be found @yorkshiremeadows on Facebook or at www.yorkshiremeadows.com.