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Jam & Tea at Valley Forge Flowers with WHYY

spring flowers

On Sunday, May 8, I’m teaming up with WHYY and Valley Forge Flowers for a special canning demo and book signing. There will be tea, jam, and the chance to watch me make jam from a comfortable seat. Tickets are still available for this event and they cost $35 for WHYY members, and $42 for non-members (that price includes a copy of Naturally Sweet Food in Jars).

If you’re looking for something special to do with your mom or other favorite maternal person, this event is for you, because May 8 just happens to be Mother’s Day. However, the program is not Mother’s Day specific, so please come even if you don’t have a mother to fete.

The event is from 4-6 pm and tickets can be obtained here.

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Food in Jars and Fillmore Container at the Pennsylvania Farm Show

Farm Show Picture

Here in Pennsylvania, we don’t have a summertime state fair. We have the PA Farm Show, which sets up each January in the the sprawling PA Farm Show Complex and Expo Center (and if you think about it, it makes sense. Farmers, growers, and preservers don’t have time for a fair during the height of the season. Doing it in winter is far smarter).

For the last two years now, I’ve spent a couple of days at the Farm Show, hanging out with my friends from Fillmore Container, offering a series of canning demos, and sampling the many treats that the farm show has to offer. This year, I’ll be there on Monday, January 11 and Tuesday, January 12, to demonstration and hopefully sell a few books.

Here’s the schedule:

Monday, January 11
1:30 pm Pear Ginger Conserve from Food in Jars
3:00 pm Winter Fruit Mostarda from Preserving by the Pint
6:00 pm Honey Sweetened Pear Vanilla Jam from Naturally Sweet Food in Jars

Tuesday, January 12
10:00 am Winter Fruit Mostarda from Preserving by the Pint
1:00 pm Honey Sweetened Pear Vanilla Jam from Naturally Sweet Food in Jars @ Family Living Stage
3:00 pm Spicy Pickled Cauliflower from Preserving by the Pint
6:30 pm Caramelized Red Onion Relish from Food in Jars

In celebration of the Farm Show, Fillmore Container is currently offering up a giveaway of some of my favorite canning gear. The pack includes a signed copy of Food in Jars, a blossom trivet, a case of my beloved wide mouth half pint jars, and other good stuff. Click here to enter.

Fillmore Container will also be hosting Amanda Feifer (author of the fabulous Ferment Your Vegetables) and Richard Kralj from the Penn State Cooperative during the show. Amanda will be there on Wednesday, January 13 and Thursday, January 14, talking about fermentation. Richard will be there to offer up a pressure canning demo the morning of Wednesday, January 13.

They’re also currently hosting a giveaway of some of Amanda’s favorite fermenting gear. Make sure to enter that one here.

For more about the preserving events and activities taking place at the Fillmore Container booth at the PA Farm Show, check out this post. You’ll find us on the Main Floor of the complex, in the Family Living area.

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Upcoming Classes: Mullica Hill and Chestnut Hill

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Hello friends! I have both a free demo and a class on offer this week in the Philly region and I hope to see some of you there!

The first is tonight, Monday, June 8. I’ll be doing a small batch strawberry jam canning demo at the Gloucester County Library’s Mullica Hill Branch starting at 7 pm. Because of the library rules, I won’t have any books to sell, but if you bring your own copy I would be delighted to sign it! This event is free.

Then, on Wednesday, June 10, I’m teaching my second class in my Weaver’s Way series. In this session, we’ll pickle cucumbers two different ways. I’ll show you how to make both preserved vinegar pickles and slower fermented ones in the kitchen at the Chestnut Hill Friends Meeting House. 7-9 pm. Click here to register.

As always, my complete teaching and demo schedule can be found over on my Classes and Events page. I’m also planning on adding a few more online classes to the calendar soon, so check back!

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The Philly Farm & Food Fest is Coming!

Philly Farm & Food Fest

Things have been pretty quiet on the event front for me lately (what with the book writing and all), but I’ve got a fun event coming up next week. I’ll be at the 4th annual Philly Farm and Food Fest at the Pennsylvania Convention Center from 11 am to 4 pm. This event brings together farmers, food producers, and other makers from around the region for a delicious day of tasting, learning, and shopping.

I’ll be there to sign books and offer a jam making demonstration, but I’m not the only local author who will be there. A whole group of us are taking over a classroom and offering signings at the Cookbook Stall’s corner. Here’s the demo schedule and the signing schedule.

Demo Schedule
11:15 – Meat Lite with Tara Matazara Desmond and Joy Manning: How to get the most bang from your local meat dollar
12:15 – Stumped for Sides with Tara Matazara Desmond
1:15 – Preserving with Natural Sweeteners with me, Marisa McClellan
2:15 – ​Going Beyond Kombucha with Amanda Feifer
3:15 – Pasta from Liguria with Jeff Michaud

Cookbook Signing Schedule
11 am – Jeremy Nolen & Marisa McClellan
12 noon – George Hummel & Allyson Kramer
1 pm – Tara Matazara Desmond & Joy Manning
2 pm – Matt Teacher & Jeff Michaud
3 pm – Aliza Green

Tickets are available now and can be purchased here. General admission tickets are $20 and kids 12 and under are free.

Oh, and there’s just one other thing going on that day. From 10-11 am, there’s a special Industry Preview Hour for wholesale buyers. It’s a great opportunity for folks to discover new products or resources for their businesses (with coffee and pastry from La Colombe). If you’re in that category, leave a comment on this post so I can send you a discount code that will get you $25 off the $40 admission fee.

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Livestream Canning Demo at the Chemical Heritage Foundation

peach salsa demo at Linvillla

This picture is not of me at the Chemical Heritage Foundation, but it’s one of the few I have of me demonstrating somewhere.

Friends! Just a quick note to let you know that I’m doing a pair of canning demonstrations tonight at the Chemical Heritage Foundation in Old City, Philadelphia. These demos are part of First Friday events and are free and open to the public (should you want to stop by).

If you can’t make it in person, CHF will also be streaming the both presentations live (5:30 and 6:45), so you can see me in action, even if you’re far away.

I have embedded the livestream code after the jump in this blog post, so you can watch directly from this page. Or, if that’s not working in an ideal manner, you can also watch here.

Finally, if you can’t catch one of the demos live, they will live on indefinitely on the CHF Youtube page.

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This Sunday at the Philly Farm & Food Fest

All set up to record an online canning demo!

Friends! If you are in the Philadelphia area, you will not want to miss the Philly Farm & Food Fest. It’s happening this Sunday, April 13, from 11 am to 4 pm at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. There will be workshops, opportunities to sample local foods, and even a libations lounge (there is a small additional fee required if you’re interested in a tipple).

I am going to be there offering a small batch canning demo (I’ll be showing how to make and can my honey sweetened strawberry jam) and will also have a big old stack of copies of the new book that you can buy ($20 cash or card) and then get signed (I’m also always happy to sign copies that you already bought).

Tickets to the Fest are $20 for adults. Kids 12 and under are free. You can buy them here!

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