We were thrilled to be invited back to Urban Roots to present another canning workshop this week. The 2010 group was bigger than last year, with 25 eager students learning the basics of canning.
Of course, it’s all a bunch of boring theory until we break out the Bohemian Bounty made samples – plum jelly, pickled okra, dilly beans, grape jelly, and cinnamon peach conserve with almonds. Then the eyes light up, the smiles break out and everyone realizes what they grow is only the beginning of what they can make with it.
With their enthusiastic help, we put up about 36 pints of okra and 36 half pints of mixed pepper jam. Every student took home a jar of each and the extras will fill the CSA baskets.
Look for a Bohemian Bounty canning class soon!
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Over the holiday of 2009, the Bohemian crew hibernated and took some time to work on our own gardens and catch up with family and friends. Work in the bohemian garden started out great – lots of great production from new seed varieties but the poor amount of sun has not been helpful. Plants have been growing slowly – healthily but slowly. The month of January has also been very trying – dry, cold winds and heavy freezes. Sadly the temperatures got so low on the January 7th and 8th that cool tolerant plants like mint, lettuces, and chards were damaged some. The recent rains have perked them up, though. Cabbages, cauliflower and Brussels sprouts look great.
As we head into 2010, we are noticing an increasing trend toward local and organic food support as well as home gardening. New products are showing up in stores and great events are planned around central Texas. Manufacturers are responding to market demands – your purchases are making a difference. We found raised bed kits (great for the do-it-yourself-er) for only $39.99. Another new item are nifty peck baskets filled with starter potatoes, onions, strawberries, and more ($9.98). Very nice kits for home gardeners. We continue to expect more of these items around this year. Seed sales have been very good and I’m sure the Bohemians have bought their fair share.
Other exciting changes in the local food trends are workshops and agritourism. Slow Food and the Texas Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (TOFGA) are hosting a year of farm tours. Look for workshops and volunteer opportunities on TOFGA’s websitee. Workshops vary from new farmer training to backyard gardening and animal husbandry to cooking from the garden.
We should also mention Jennifer has been elected the Volunteer Region 2 Director of TOFGA. Take a look at her Region 2 Webpage and give some feedback.
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Bees play a vital role in pollinating flowering plants. As a gardener, it is natural to have bees to ensure that our crops (cucumbers, beans, eggplants, etc) are pollinated and produce. Bees gather nectar or pollen depending on what they are producing in the hive.
It is estimated that one third of the human food supply depends on insect pollination, most of which is accomplished by bees, especially the domesticated European honey bee.
Every year the San Marcos Bee Wranglers offers a free, 4 session, beekeeping class.
Class Days Are: January 6, 13, 20 & 27
Class Location: San Marcos Library, 625 E Hopkins
Class Time: 7-9pm.
Call the Library at 512-393-8200 to register. The class fills up quick so Bee Quick and sign up!
Textbooks to be sold the first night at class $12.00.
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