Exiting events coming up in the Williamson local food world!!
This week, we will be hosting another group of volunteers, this time coming from New Jersey
At the farmers market this past weekend we sold a TON of produce from our farmers market. We now have zucchinis, lettuce, tomatoes, a variety of herbs, cucumbers, turnips, carrots, and more.
Sunday, we had our very first CANNING workshop, which was hosted by one of our farmer’s market vendors. Kathy Wellman lead the FREE workshop that will help teach participants how to can blueberry jam and sauerkraut using locally grown produce. Last Thursday, me, Kathy and two other volunteers went to the Mingo County Orchard and fresh-picked blueberries for the jam. On Saturday, the Mingo County Diabetes Coalition paid for 12 huge heads of cabbages to be used for the sauerkraut.
The workshop lasted from 1-4 on Sunday, and we had 28 people show up! The group, as with our last workshops, was very eclectic. There were varying ages, from middle-aged to old, low-income residents from the Goodman Manor and Williamson Towers, members of the garden club, and many more. I loved hearing all the positive feedback from the participants, and watching their eagerness and interest as they asked question after question of Kathy—genuinely interested in learning to can their own food. With so much interest in canning in the community, Kathy has decided to schedule another event for September that she will host right outside at the Farmers Market venue! The final products looked amazing, and everyone got to walk away with their own jar of kraut!
More to come later in the week as the volunteers continue to beautify our community gardens!