Walkerswood - 5 minutes south of Fern Gully
Tel - (1 876) 917-2318
The Walkerswood jerk factory is the cornerstone of the Walkerswood community, nestled in the hills of St. Ann parish, just south of Fern Gully. Walker Wood makes a wide range of marinades, rubs, chutneys and condiments and offers tours of its grounds and factory.
The 45 minute tour includes a walk through the herb garden which features local Jamaican herbs, the Spice Making Hut, a tour of the factory to view the production and packing process and a stop at the tasting room to sample some of the finished product. There is also a shop and café on site if you want to purchase any of the delicious products you have seen on your tour. At the time of writing, tours of the factory had been temporarily suspended.Community links
The Walkerswood factory is justly proud of its links with the Walkerswood community which stretches back many decades. In the 1940s the Lucky Hill Cooperative Farm was established in Walkerswood, this was the first cooperative farm to be registered in Jamaica. In 1976 "Walkerswood Caribbean Foods" began commercial production of jerk pork, simply to supply local bars. However, even though the main motive for this venture was to provide employment to members of the Walkerswood community, it soon became a financial success and in 1983 the company began bottling its jerk sauce to sell in Jamaican shops.International success
The Walkerswood jerk seasoning brand became very popular in Jamaica and also acquired a strong reputation overseas. To capture this demand, Walkerswood began supplying their products to retailers around the world, making them the first Jamaican company to export jerk seasoning. Nowadays, more than 80% of Walkerswood's output is exported.Maintaining community links
Even following the international success of Walkerswood, the company has maintained its commitment to the local community. Fresh ingredients are purchased from local farmers with scotch bonnet peppers being supplied by a local cooperative farm and scallion coming from a Walkerswood owned farm in St Elizabeth Parish. Over 80 members of the Walkerswood community are employed at the factory and the company runs a water recycling program where excess water used in the production process is used to irrigate local farms.© 2013 Jamaica Travel and Culture .com