Those Barossa Girls

preserving, heritage recipes & traditional food skills

The dictionary defines a ‘Keeper’ as a person charged with responsibility for the preservation and conservation of something valuable, but being a keeper is also a doing word.

We are the keepers.  The keepers of the traditional food skills, the regional food stories, the new ways of doing old valuable things.  And every year, at this time and in this season, we lead the way.

You.  Me.  Us.

We are the keepers.


Marieka - Those Barossa Girls

Marieka Ashmore

I’m Marieka – one half of Those Barossa Girls.

I live on a small acreage in the heart of the Barossa with my hubby and two teenage boys.

My day-job as a healthcare professional is challenging and rewarding. I enjoy providing care for people in my community.

At home, you will find me in the kitchen – either preserving the fruits from our small orchard or baking something tasty to keep my boys satisfied. I love a good cuppa and a chat (with cake of course!).

I am a keen Trove researcher and am constantly amazed at the wonderful and colourful Barossa stories that reveal themselves.

I love sharing the Fowlers Vacola method of preserving through our workshops. Enabling people to begin their preserving journey is a very satisfying thing.

Sheralee - Those Barossa Girls

Sheralee Menz

Hi, I’m Sheralee, and I’m a keeper.  I live on a small mixed sheep and cereal farm on Barossa’s western ridge with my husband and teenage daughter and son. I also have an older stepdaughter, and I am a step-grandma.

In my previous corporate days, I worked in marketing and PR, but I checked out of the city life and now I look after the sales and marketing for a heritage orchard in Angaston. It’s a job I love, that really immerses me in the seasons and plugged me in wholly to our local community. (It also means I can find plenty of fruit come preserving season…)

I’ve been preserving using the Fowlers Vacola system since I was old enough to hold a paring knife, and I subscribe to the theory that when you think you’ve done enough jars of fruit, you better do a couple more.

I sing very badly, argue far too much, and have a huge weak spot for cheese. I also hold the title for best mayonnaise at the Tanunda Show. Huge accolades, right there! (The big contests peeps, I’m in them).

Seriously though, I love the things Those Barossa Girls get to do, the recipes we get to play with, the stories we get to share, and the people we get to meet. I absolutely love working alongside Marieka (she’s such a gorgeous soul…how could you not?), I’m honoured to be a Keeper and we’re delighted you are here with us on this journey.

Marieka & Sheralee are Those Barossa Girls

We’re two Barossa girls with a love of preserving, heritage recipes and traditional food skills.
Let us inspire you.

Creating delicious memories

We hope to inspire a new generation of recipe and skills keepers. We love old recipes, the recipe books that hold them, the people who keep them, and the traditional skills you need to create them. We want to create a community of people who recognise their value and refuse to let them die.



Seasonal Fruits


Desserts with preserved fruits


Recipes & Skills


Committed to inspiring

a community of

preservers, bakers and cooks.

Using seasonal foods,

traditional skills and methods

and well-loved and tested recipes.

We are the keepers.


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Marieka & Sheralee

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