Preserving foods and sharpening our life skills
On this May day, when it’s nearly eighty degrees outside and we continue to plant out our gardens, we can’t help but envision our gardens full of reds, greens, and yellows. We see plump juicy Jersey tomatoes, crunchy cucumbers, and cabbages and more mint, basil, and other parsley than we know what to do with. We always plant our gardens to supply us with a surplus of produce so that we can enjoy fresh produce throughout the summer and fall with extra to preserve and enjoy throughout the year.
This year, we are excited to invite our community to learn how to preserve fruits and vegetables with us. Last month, our partners at Montclair Community Farms started the FCHS Master Food Preserver series. The series teaches the safest, most up-to-date information on the science of food preservation including food safety; gain hands-on experience with boiling water bath canning, steam canning, pressure canning, jelled products and pickling, plus observe demonstrations on fermentation, freezing and drying foods.
Later in the summer when gardens are proliferating, Montclair Community Farms will host virtual (and hopefully in-person) classes to teach our community to can, freeze, pickle and dry our favorite vegetables and herbs. There is no better time than now to start perfecting new skills like gardening, preserving and baking so we can eat healthy all year long. We hope you’ll join us!
Montclair Community Farm’s mission is to serve as a local hands-on resource that engages and educates the community through urban farming, affordable food access and healthy living. At the heart of Montclair Community Farms is its Coalition, partners, and community volunteers. The Montclair Health Department is a founding member of the Montclair Community Farms Coalition.
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