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A Fig Jam Recipe and My Community Garden Harvest

Throughout the beginning of September, my friend Albert kept tweeting about all the figs he was picking throughout the city. While I’m a big fan of urban gleaning (and I LOVE figs), during those weeks leading up to the wedding, I just didn’t have time to run around town, looking for fruit. Happily, Albert and I settled upon a plan. He’d bring some of his scavenged figs to my place and I’d teach him how to make jam with them. Then we’d split the fruits of our labors.

It was a fun early evening project and it was a kick to do a private jam tutorial. You can find the recipe we used at the bottom of this post.

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The photo you see above is the final harvest from my teeny, tiny garden plot that I’d mostly abandoned over the last month. My tomatillo plan seemed to really like the cooler days of fall and suddenly exploded with growth. It gave me pangs to rip it out, but sadly, with the first frost coming, it had to go. I have pickling plans for all those green tomatoes and I’m excited for the hot peppers!

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Registration for Canning Classes Now Open!

I  heard today that registration is open for the canning classes. Talk to your friends, gather your relatives and let any other canning kindred spirits in your life know that now is the time to learn to make jam, pickles and more! Let me know if you have questions about the classes, otherwise I look forward to seeing some of you there!

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Canning Classes!

Sterilizing Jars

When I was in high school, I decided that what I wanted to do for my living was to become a public speaker. The thing I wasn’t sure of was what exactly it was that I wanted to speak about. I did realize that in order for people to want to hear me talk about something, I’d need to become something of an expert in a subject area. Realizing that I wasn’t much of an expert at the green age of 17, I put the public speaking plan on the back burner, figuring that over time, my topic area would eventually rise to the surface.

Thirteen years late, it appears that I’ve found my subject. My 17 year old self never, ever would have guessed that my future subject area would be canning, jam-making and pickling, but now that it’s here, I can’t imagine a more comfy and innate thing.

That’s a long introduction to let you all know that I’m going to be teaching some canning classes this summer at Foster’s Homeware (same place that we do Fork You Live, if you follow the podcast). I’ll be teaching a series of four workshops, one per month in June (Strawberry-Rhubard Jam), July (Canned Peaches), August (Polish-Style Pickles) and September (Canned Tomatoes). The classes are limited to 12 people per session and each participant will get to take a jar of what we make home with them. I’m going to be running out to New Jersey early each morning prior to the class, to pick or purchase the most delicious and fresh produce I can get my hands on, so our product is guaranteed to be quite delicious.

If you don’t live in Philly, make sure to pass the word along to your friends who do. More details about the classes after the jump.

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