Making Jams and Jellies for the Red Lake Nation
June 18, 2020
David Manuel has worked with local foods and food sovereignty on the Red Lake Nation for several years. He has worked with 4 Directions Development, Red Lake Traditional Foods, has helped till gardens, hand out seeds and vegetables and also started his own business based on gathering wild food and making jams, jellies, and maple candies called Muskrat's Specialty Foods.
Recently Red Lake Nation Foods bought Minnestalgia in McGregor, and as part of that process David, who is an independent contractor, has been learning much more about making fruit jellies and jams and syrups.
We caught up with David as he was heading out of town to make a delivery for Red Lake Nation Fishery. That's just one of the jobs he juggles in order to maintain his lifestyle, which he describes as varied and busy.