It’s time for fresh fruits and vegetables. Home canning seminars called “Putting Your Best Food Forward” offered at the Farmers Market will allow nature’s goodness to be enjoyed throughout the winter months.
“Foods just seem to taste better fresh from the garden or when purchased locally,” said Hilda Lytle of the UT Extension office. “For this reason, many people head to the Farmers Market for the freshest produce.”
What about those winter months? Many people like to can or preserve foods at home. For those interested in learning to preserve foods safely, or just need a refresher course on home canning, two seminars will be offered in July, says Lytle.
The University of Tennessee Extension and Farmers Market are planning to offer two home canning seminars. The seminars and are open to the public.
Lytle, as well as Farmers Market manager Mary Cantrell and Farmers Market producer Lena Jones, will be conducting the seminars. Seminar one will be held on Tuesdays at 6 p.m. Seminar two will be held on Wednesdays at 8:30 a.m. Both will be held at the Farmers Market.
Topics to be discussed include: basic food safety issues when it comes to home canning, home canning equipment, preparing “fair-ready foods” for judging purposes, using the proper canning equipment and home processing of various foods. Each seminar involves four sessions to be held on either Tuesday evening or Wednesday morning.
There will be a different focus each week:
• Week 1 – green beans
• Week 2 – jams and jellies
• Week 3 – pickles/ pickled okra
• Week 4 – tomatoes and salsa
The cost of a seminar is $18 for all four sessions or $5 per session. The deadline for registration is July 1. Each seminar is limited to 15 participants and will be filled upon receipt of payment at the Warren County Extension office.
For more information about Putting Your Best Food Forward, call UT Extension at 473-8484.