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5 Tips for Beginning Canning

Canning jelly and grape juice was so sweet and simple that I got brave enough to try tomatoes the next time.  Our small garden yields haven’t been enough to can, so I purchased a box of organic tomatoes from the UT Farmers Market.  They were a mix of various heirloom varieties.  I remembered from Canning […]

Continue Reading By on August 31, 2011 in canning, eating better, food preservation, fresh, frugal, garden, preserving, thrifty

Community Builds Gardens for Child Care Center

Planting seeds, watering, weeding and harvesting will become a more integrated part of the curriculum this year for students at the Children’s Center of Knoxville.  Teachers have led them in some container gardening in the past year. Now, the child care center will have dedicated gardening areas built into the landscaping. Executive Director Janet Kite […]

Continue Reading By on August 8, 2011 in eating better, education, garden, green, organic, sustainable

UT Student Market Promotes Organics

UT Market Students returning to campus at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville will have a fitting alternative to the usual fast-food destinations. Their classmates in the organic crop production program are serving up a fresh market with food and entertainment planned through mid-October. Students can shop the UT Market without having to cook. Market […]

Continue Reading By on August 2, 2011 in eating better, farm, garden, green, grow, organic, sustainable

Seasoned Canners Preserve for Families

Seasoned Canners Preserve for Families Natalie Kennedy and Ann Smith’s mother used to cook food outdoors in an open kettle before canning it.  She didn’t use the extra step of putting full jars into a boiling water bath.  And she sealed jams with paraffin wax.  Now the Morgan County, Tennessee sisters are learning the latest food safety techniques for canning.  They’ve gone […]

Continue Reading By on August 1, 2011 in eating better, farm, garden, grow, local, sustainable

Summer Fresh Eating

The best part of summertime meals is eating whatever is fresh for the picking.  We were blessed with another cutting of leaf lettuce from our little garden for a meal this week. I also bought corn on the cob to boil and serve.  I picked up some from a local grocery store that was promoted […]

Continue Reading By on July 23, 2011 in eating better, garden, green, sustainable

Fresh Roadside Produce

The eight-foot-high stalks topped with bright sunflowers caught my eye on my scenic drive along the highway in rural Morgan County, Tennessee. Then I noticed the sign telling me corn was for sale. I stopped to meet Louis Basler and his brother-in-law, Garland Heidel, who were selling sweet ambrosia corn from their family farms.  I […]

Continue Reading By on July 15, 2011 in Appalachia, eating well, farm, garden, rural

Canning College: Part 3

Karen Savino, TNCEP Educator Heather Guinn, County Director Instructor Heather Guinn began our Canning College with this clear precaution statement, “It’s really important that we follow our instructions to the letter.”  Over the course of two evenings, our groups of adult students would work together to sterilize jars and lids, blanch fruits, chop, process and […]

Continue Reading By on July 6, 2011 in eating better, food preservation, frugal, garden, thrifty

Canning College: Part 2

Amy and Matthew Spangler had already tried preserving some food at home before attending their local extension service Canning College.  Amy grew up understanding how gardening and canning worked.  But, Matthew finally decided he needed to learn, as she explained, “Because I’m a country girl and he was a displaced city boy.” She was proud […]

Continue Reading By on July 6, 2011 in eating better, food, garden, local, organic, sustainable, with our own hands