It all began in 1920, Glady Mae Burgert grew up during the depression in Pittsburgh, PA. Glady Mae’s mother was not able to take care of her and placed her in an orphanage at the age of 3 with her sister Elma who was 2, who had been raised by the Lutheran church until the age of 18. Glady Mae had learned a lot from the nuns and had beautiful stories of being raised by them, they taught her how to plant and raise a garden and also how to cook. She took this experience and started her own life.
Her passion was one filled with dirt on her fingertips from growing her own garden near the city center of Pittsburgh PA and of course her family and with each summer Glady Mae would make her original “sweet” relish, canning each jar with love. She shared this relish with family, friends, neighbors and church members who waited each summer for their jar of unique flavors. Each summer everyone knew when it was time for Glady Mae to start the process from planting her little tomato seedlings in March, to transferring them to the garden in May. She would then tend to her precious garden all summer, watering the vegetables, pulling weeds, chasing off the raccoons who were trying to sneak some fresh veggies themselves. Then the day would come in late summer when Glady Mae would pick, clean, chop, measure, cook, and can each jar delicately prepared for her loved ones.
Amy Weaver was Glady Mae’s granddaughter who watched this process year-after-year. Grandma and Amy had a very special relationship, they loved each other more than anything. Amy always told Grandma that she should make the relish so that people in the grocery stores could buy it because it was so unique and it wasn’t available anywhere else. In 1986 Grandma mailed Amy her recipe and Amy kept it with all the letters she had from Grandma in her hope chest. In 2005 Grandma passed away and Amy was heartbroken over the loss of Grandma. There was a deep desire by the family to keep Grandma alive with us in our hearts and on our plates.
We wanted to leave a legacy for Grandma so we decided to name the company “Grandma’s Garden” in loving memory of Grandma who always worked in her little garden in downtown Pittsburgh. With Grandma’s Garden we hope to share the same experience on how food brings family together, and with a touch of relish on just about everything, it will make you a believer of what relish was meant to be.
Our goal is to get our relish in each and every household in America and beyond. We want to see everyone with a smile on their face, backyard grilling, picnic table sittin’, and popping open the first jar of Grandma’s Garden Gourmet Relish!
In loving memory of Glady Mae Burgert … may you always live on in our hearts and souls with each spoonful of your Relish.