Preserving a Delicious Summer

It's reward season for home vegetable gardeners. Not that the planning, selecting, planting, irrigating and weeding aren't fun (well, maybe not the weeding), but harvesting a bountiful supply of fruits and vegetables is the goal and their delicious, fresh, complex flavors are the big rewards.

 

Preserving some of the harvest can extend the flavors of summer through the year and the National Center for Home Food Preservation is devoted to helping you do it deliciously and safely. The center, established with funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, offers research-based recommendations and recipes for canning, freezing, pickling, drying and making jams and jellies from all sorts of produce. The website's Seasonal Tips page is a good place to start

 

If you'd like live instruction and some fun with fellow food preservation beginners, join us on August 18 at the Utah House. Food Preservation 101 runs from 9 - noon, $10 ($5 for Members of the Garden). Register here.

Food Pantry Garden 2012

Last year the USUBC's Food Pantry Garden provided 18,000 pound of fresh produce to area food pantries. This year we have expanded the garden and it now includes two demonstration vegetable gardens that welcome visitors. One garden is planted with heirloom and organic varieties and the other showcases a number of hybrids.

 

The collective work of our volunteers helps provide fresh, healthy food for families throughout the community and you can still join in this great project. Families, individuals, church and civic groups are all welcome to come lend a hand. For details about volunteering in the Food Pantry Garden, click here .

Salsa Showdown
Salsa surpassed ketchup as the #1 condiment consumed in the U.S. back in 1997 and it's safe to say the number of varieties of salsa has only increased since then. It seems there are about as many recipes as there are salsa-making cooks, calling for everything from the typical tomatoes, onions and peppers to tomatillos, mangos and pineapple. On Thursday, September 6, salsa takes center stage at the USUBC Farmers Market at the annual Salsa Showdown. Guests get to taste test and vote for their favorites and the winner goes home with a prize and bragging rights. Contestants must pre-register and can get rules and more information at (801) 544-3089, or via email at lori.matsukawa@usu.edu .
Build Your Own High Tunnel
Extending the growing season isn't impossible, even in northern Utah. Learn how with USU Extension faculty member Britney Hunter and vegetable specialist Dan Drost at the USUBC on Aug. 30 from 2-4 pm at a hands-on demonstration of how to build a walk-in high tunnel greenhouse. These simple greenhouses are passively heated and cooled without electricity and create climate conditions that help plants mature faster and produce high quality fruits and vegetables over a longer period than our climate allows in an outdoor garden. The workshop is free, but registration is required and includes a construction manual. To register online, click here. For more information, call (801) 451-3411.
Events & Classes 

Food Preservation 101

When: Saturday, Aug. 18

Where: Utah House @ the USUBC

Time: 9 am-noon

Cost: $10 Public/ $5, Members of the Garden. 

 

To register, click here

 

Learn to preserve the harvest with this fun, hands-on workshop. The class is designed for beginners who want to learn techniques for safely canning produce and enjoying local produce year round.

 

All About Bees 

When: Wednesday, Aug. 22

Where: USUBC, Kaysville Education Center

Time: 2-6 pm

Cost: $10 

 

To register, click here.  

 

This workshop all about our most important pollinators will cover bee biology and their social systems, pollinator conservation and how to get started with honeybee keeping. Click here for more information.  

 

Garden Open House

When: Thursday, Aug. 23

Where: Start at the USUBC Farmers Market

Time: 5-7 pm

Cost: Free

 

Join our garden stewards on tours of the Stokes Ornamental Grass Garden, Demonstration Orchard, Varga Arboretum and Rasmussen Teaching Garden.

 

Explore the Garden Family Night: Bloom'n Flowers

When: Monday, Aug. 27

Where: USUBC (Meet at USUBC Greenhouse, at the top of Sego Lily Dr., east of the Kaysville Education Center)  

Time: 6:30-8 pm

Cost: $10 per family (up to six members), or $3 per person.  

 

To resister, click here

 

Come enjoy a tour of our annual flower garden and then learn the art of pressing and preserving flowers at this fun, floral event.

 

Salsa Showdown at the Farmers Market

When: Thursday, Sept. 6

Where: USUBC Farmers Market

Time: 5 ̶ 7 pm

Cost: Free

 

You're invited to judge contestants as they show off their salsa-making skills. Hot, mild, sweet, savory...which will win?

 

Renewable Energy Class

When: Saturday, Sept. 15

Where: USUBC Utah House

Time: 10 ̶ 11 pm

 

This class explores options for residential solar power and hot water systems in Utah, including design and tax incentives.

 

Explore the Garden Family Night:  

Earth, Wind and Fire

When: Monday, Sept. 24

Where: USUBC Wetland Discovery Point

Time: 6:30 ̶ 8 pm

Cost: $10 per family (up to six members), or $3 per person.  

To resister, click here.

 

Explore energy efficient Wetland Discovery Point and learn about solar, wind and geothermal energy and have some energy-related fun. Build a wind-powered device, learn to make a solar oven or make a necklace with beads that change color in the sun.

 

Garden to Table

When: Thursday, Sept. 27

Where: USUBC Farmers Market

Time: 5:30, 6 & 6:30 pm

Cost: Free

 

Discover delicious ways to use the harvest from your garden or from the vendors at our weekly farmers market.

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Kaysville, UT 84037
Phone: (801) 593-8969

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