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Upcoming Classes and Events: Roxborough! Perkasie! Wyebrook Farm!


There’s a whole heck of a lot happening on the class and event front this week! Check the list and mark your calendars!

  • August 14 – Plum jam making workshop hosted by Henry Got Crops at the Weaver’s Way Farm off Henry Avenue in the Roxborough neighborhood of Philly. This is a pay-what-you-wish class, with all donations going to benefit the CSA program. The class starts at 6 pm and all levels of canning experience are welcome.
  • August 17 – My annual tomato canning workshop at Blooming Glen Farm in Perkasie, PA (cost is $75 per person). We start canning at 10 am and don’t stop until we’ve worked our way through 100 pounds of tomatoes (typically we’re done no later than 1:30 or 2 pm). All participants go home with 2-4 quarts of tomatoes (it depends on how many we managed to make) and the skills necessary to do it at home. Currently, registration is low for this class and it is in danger of being canceled. If you are interested, please sign up today!
  • August 18 – A free canning demo and book signing at Wyebrook Farm, with a few tastes of preserves from my pantry. I’ll make a batch of spiced plum jam and will have books to sign. The event starts at 2 pm. Click here to sign up.
  • August 20 – Spicy Tomato Chutney class at the Plymouth Meeting Whole Foods Market. Class is from 6:30 – 8:30 pm and costs $35. Sign up here.

I also have just three classes left in the preserving series I’ve been teaching this summer at The Brooklyn Kitchen in Brooklyn, New York. These classes are two-hour, hands on sessions. You’ll go home with a juicy packet of canning info and a jar or two of preserves. Prices vary depending on the topic.

August 24, 2 – 4 pm (tomatoes)
August 25, 2 – 4 pm (jam)
August 26, 6:30 – 8:30 pm (tomatoes)

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Upcoming Classes: Glenside! Greensgrow! Blooming Glen Farm!

lilacs in a green bottle

Happy Monday, friends! I’ll be back later with the weekly giveaway post, but I wanted to drop in this morning and share a couple of events I’ve got on the schedule for the next seven days. I’ll have cookbooks with me for sale at all three of these events!

This Thursday, May 16, I’ll be at the Glenside Free Library in Glenside, PA at 6:30 pm to teach an introduction to pickling class. We’ll talk about hot pack, cold pack, and how to ensure a crisp pickle. This is a free event and there will be plenty of pickles to taste at the end of the evening.

On Saturday, May 18, I’m teaching a low-sugar strawberry mint jam class at Greensgrow (an urban farm in Philadelphia’s Kensington neighborhood). The class is from 12 noon to 2 pm and costs just $35. Click here to sign up.

Finally, on Sunday, May 19, I’m teaching a strawberry vanilla jam class at Blooming Glen Farm in Perkasie, PA. This class is from 10 am – 12 noon and costs $50 per person. If you’ve never been, Blooming Glen is an impossibly beautiful farm and offers a lovely setting for a class. Click here to sign up.

Note: Registration for the classes this weekend is currently low, so in order to ensure that they goes forward, please sign up sooner rather than later.

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Photos from a Tomato Canning Workshop

tomato canning workshop

The bulk of the canning classes I teach are demonstration style. This is in part because I’ve found that new canners feel more comfortable starting out by watching and learning.  It also doesn’t help that good, hands on teach space is hard to come by in the Philadelphia area.

prepping jars

Thing is, I love it when I have the opportunity to lead a hands on workshop. I only get to do one or two of those a summer, but I have so much fun when it happens. Today was a workshop day.

blanching and filling

Blooming Glen Farm hosted today’s workshop and provided 100 pounds of gorgeous red tomatoes for the canning. We blanched, peeled, acidified, packed and processed our way through every one of those tomatoes, which resulted in 52 quarts of peeled tomatoes packed in water.

full jars

 Speaking of tomatoes, I heard a couple of days ago that Lancaster Farm Fresh has a ton of organic tomatoes to move this season. They’re selling them in 25 pound boxes for just $25 a box. They have pick up locations in Pennsylvania, New York, Maryland and Washington, D.C., so this isn’t one just for my Philly-based folks. You can place an order by through this form or by calling 717-656-3533.

canning station

Last thing! We’ve got a winner in the Jars to Go Lunch Tote giveaway. Random.org has selected #164, which is Debra Meadow. Here’s how she uses her jars at lunch time, “Leftovers with a dollop of homemade sauerkraut and a jar of homemade beet kvass or kombucha. In a smaller jar I take crispy almonds and a coconut butter square for a snack.” Sounds delicious, Debra!

For those of you who didn’t win, but are still interested in getting one of these lunch totes, please know that the A Tiny Forest shop owner Kim is just one person with a sewing machine. She’s a little backed up thanks to all of you who want to buy her clever product, so please be kind and patient. I promise, your bag will be worth the wait. And, if you’re good with a sewing machine, she also sells the pattern, if you want to take a stab at making one yourself.

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Upcoming Classes and Events: Glen Mills! Syracuse! Perkasie! Troy, NY! Chicago!

a quart of Italian plums

The eye of the canning season storm is here. I’ve been living in my kitchen for the last few days and still have many more projects to go (and I haven’t even started tomatoes yet!). I’ve done plum chutney, plum butter, a redux of this Italian plum and star anise jam, a multi-colored plum jam (I bought 40 pounds of plum seconds last Saturday), tomato jam (the yield on this year’s batch was just 2 1/2 pints. It gets smaller every year!) and peach jam with crystalized ginger.

Despite all the produce that is begging to be preserved, I still have a number of events and classes on the schedule. My hope is a few of you will be able to take a break from your own canning pots to come out and say hi!

Thursday, August 9 – A dilly bean class at the Glen Mills Whole Foods. It costs $35 and goes from 6-7 pm. Hope to see a few more of you there! Click here to sign up.

Saturday, August 11 – I’m heading up to Syracuse, NY for iCan2012, a day-long canning conference. It says that registration is closed, but if you are just learning about it now, let me know and I’ll connect you up with the organizers! Click here for more information.

Wednesday, August 15 – I’ll be out in Phoenixville, PA, participating in a forum about canning and home food preservation organized by the Community Eco Center. The forum runs from 7 – 9 pm, is held on the 3rd floor at Molly Maguire’s (197 Bridge Street) and is free.

Saturday, August 18 – A massive tomato canning workshop at Blooming Glen Farm in Perkasie, PA. I’m going to set up a bunch of burners and we’ll can enough tomatoes for everyone to take home 2-3 quarts (final yield will depend on how much we’re able to get through that day). It costs $75 and will be a sweaty, fun, productive day. Click here to sign up.

Sunday, August 19 – I’m heading back to New York State for a day of events with the folks from the Troy, NY food swap and the From Scratch Club. Click here for all the details.

Thursday, August 23 – An evening canning class at Saul High School (in conjunction with the folks at Weaver’s Way Co-op and the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society). I’ll have more details about registration in a few days.

Tuesday, August 28 – Spiced Plum Jam class at the Plymouth Meeting Whole Foods. Costs $35 and runs from 6:30 – 8 pm. Click here to sign up.


Saturday, August 25:

  • 9:30 – 11 am, canning demo and book signing at the Batavia Farmers’ Market. This event is free!
  • 12:30 – 2:30 pm, book signing at Morton Arboretum in Lisle. The event is included in the price of admission to the arboretum.
  • 5 pm, Jennifer Downing of Nourish Cooking is hosting an informal reception for me at the Yellow House. It’s your chance to get a book signed and ask me canning questions, all while nibbling tasty bits and having a cocktail or two. This event costs $30 if you want to include a copy of the book, or $10 for the reception only. Click here to sign up.

Sunday, August 26:

  • 9:30 – 11 am, canning class at Green Home Experts in Oak Park. The class costs $40 and includes a small jar of the jam we made in the class. Click here to sign up.
  • 11 am – 2 pm, book signing at Green Home Experts. While there will be books for sale on site, copies may be limited, call ahead to reserve yours.
  • 3 – 5 pm, I’ll be participating in the Chicago Food Swap (also being hosted by Green Home Experts). I’m planning on squirreling away some granola in my luggage to swap. The swap is currently sold out, but you can click here to get on the waiting list.
Monday, August 27 (events coordinated by the Lake Forest Book Store)

Credit for the coordination this Chicago trip goes to Emily Paster from West of the Loop, Jennifer Downing from Nourish Cooking and Naomi McEneely from the Lake Forest Book Store. They plotted, planned and strategized in order to make it reality. All three of them have my unending gratitude and appreciation. 


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