Home & Garden: Learn to can tomatoes in class at the Pittsfield Grange
Participants in the workshop will learn the basics of which foods may be canned and how to can safely. Each participant needs to bring about two pounds (a heaping quart) of ripe tomatoes and a pint-sized canning jar with band and a new lid. Everyone attending will get to take home a pint of home-canned tomatoes.
The cost for the workshop is a $5 suggested donation. To attend, register here. Register early because the events do fill up.
I have attended several events hosted by Preserving Traditions, and, without exception, they have been great. I’m always happy I went. I have learned to make pierogies, a variety of kale recipes and cheese-making.
The workshops are always welcoming to the newbie and the experienced person alike. These fun, hand-on events give a cook the skills and confidence to enjoy the bounty of their gardens and prepare local foodstuffs for the months ahead.
Janice and Jim Leach have been gardening together for close to 30 years. They tend a backyard plot in downtown Ann Arbor, where they try to grow as many vegetables and other plants as possible. For the last four years, they've published gardening tips, photos and stories at their 20 Minute Garden website.