Southside Community Gardens project member Laurie Rosenberg, a faculty member at Northampton Community College (NCC), sent us information about several food preservation short courses she and Kelly Allen, another NCC faculty member, will be offering this summer at NCC’s Fowler Center in Southside Bethlehem.  These courses will be great opportunities for community gardeners to find out how to preserve their produce.

Here are the details on the courses.

CAL-8159 – DEMO: Local Food in Your Freezer
This class explores the basic how-to of bulk freezer storage. Participants will investigate freezing strategies with a focus on shopping locally and seasonally. We will discuss which freezers are most conducive to household use and which storage containers won’t break the bank.
Thursday, 07/08/10,  6:00 PM-9:00 PM
Cost: $49.00

CAL-8161 – DEMO: Saving Summer’s Bounty through Canning – Jams and Preserves
This is the first in a series of canning sessions offered by instructor Laurie Rosenberg who has over 15 years of experience canning safely. This course will guide you through USDA approved safe methods. Discover the simplicity and joy of home canning.
Tuesday, 07/27/10,  7:00 PM-9:00 PM
Cost:  $25

CAL-8162 – DEMO: Saving Summer’s Bounty through Canning – Pickles
This is the second in a series of canning sessions offered by instructor Laurie Rosenberg who has over 15 years of experience canning safely. Save money and eat locally. Provide high quality food for your family.
Tues, 08/03/10, 7:00 PM-9:00 PM
Cost:  $25

CAL-8163 – DEMO: Saving Summer’s Bounty through Canning – Relish and Chutney
This is the third in a series of canning sessions offered by instructor Laurie Rosenberg who has over 15 years of experience canning safely. Always wanted to try canning but nervous about starting? This course is for you.
Tuesday, 08/10/10,  7:00 PM-9:00 PM
Cost: $25

CAL-8164 – DEMO: Saving Summer’s Bounty through Canning – Salsa
This is the fourth in a series of canning sessions offered by instructor Laurie Rosenberg who has over 15 years of experience canning safely. This course will guide you through USDA approved safe methods. Great gift ideas will be offered.
Tuesday, 08/17/10, 7:00 PM-9:00 PM
Cost:  $25

To register, head here and enter “freezing” or “canning” for the search terms.

In the meantime, if you are looking for a place to buy fresh, locally grown food on Southside Bethlehem, as well as a way to support area farmers, be sure and visit the Bethlehem Farmers’ Market, held at Lehigh’s Campus Square on Thursdays from 12 – 4 p.m. The Market’s Opening Day, which marks the beginning of its ninth season and its fifth at Campus Square, will take place tomorrow, June 17th. The Market will be open through September 9th. Check out the current issue of the Bethlehem Farmers’ Market Newsletter; it includes information about the market, its vendors, and opening day activities, a recipe for Strawberry Shortcake, a coupon, and much more.

We hope to see you at our next First Friday Potluck, July 2nd, beginning at 6 p.m.