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11th CSA Share: Beans, Eggplant and Peppers

August Activities: Canning, Food Storage, Herb Walk

As we approach the half way mark in our CSA season, I'm happy to share with our members some exciting activities being offered by a few wonderful volunteers.

Susan Sanders, a long time CSA member and avid home canner, is returning with her introductory workshop to canning. As a testimonial to her calm and easy approach to canning, I can say that I was so embolden by the workshop last year that this season I picked 40lbs of strawberries and stuffed them all into jars. (Just a side note: I didn't harvest the 40lbs from Clagett - you can blame the deer for the fewer pints. Maybe they've taken up canning, hiding Ball jars in the woods like stills in the mountains?).

Workshops will focus on high acid canning appropriate to pickles, chutneys, jams, and relishes. They will be held at her Dupont home - Sundays, August 8th and 22nd from 2 to 5pm and Tuesday, August 17th from 6:30 to 8:30 (Susan lives just a block from the Dupont pick-up, so you could easily stop by for your share then go over for the workshop). There will be a $5 per person collection to cover the cost of materials. Each workshop will cover the same information so please send an email to with your 1st and 2nd choice of date. We'll send you a confirmation and address. Space is limited!

Mary Dallavalle, a registered dietitian and experienced food storage instructor, will be leading a workshop on food storage
with a focus on freezing and other food storage methods useful for small batches. This will be a great chance to find out how to make that eggplant last into fall and also get a head start on preserving our fall brassicas (think kale - round 2) and winter squash. This workshop will be conveniently located at the washing station on Saturday, August 14th at 3:30pm until 4:30ish. No reservations are required, but there will be a $1 collection to cover the cost of materials. If you would like to attend the workshop, please arrive around 3pm so you can pick up your share before the workshop begins.

And on a different note, Holly Poole-Kavana, an herbalist who runs the Little Red Bird Herbal CSA, will be leading an Herb Walk at Clagett farm on August 21st from 3 to 4pm. She will talk about edible and medicinal plants growing wild around the farm, providing information about their various uses and how to identify and harvest them. The walk begins at the washing station and is free for all CSA members. No reservation required, but please arrive a few minutes early to pick up your share before the walk begins.

Please note: All of these activities are informal classes offered by friends of the farm who are happy to share their knowledge and experience in various fields with others. Please use all information at your own risk.

See you at farm!



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Food Storage Reviews

This is a great way to get the community more excited about food storage!

Food Storage

That sounds fun! Does this happen every year?

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