This Sunday, not far from the tree will be hosting a preserving workshop for a few lucky volunteers (it was first RSVP, first served). An amazing group of above-and-beyond volunteers have been planning every last detail of this workshop. They’ve worked so hard to pull this together, I’m sure their love and toil will come through in the taste of the preserves. They’ll be showing us how to make fruit leather, apple and pear sauce, and whole canned pears. Personally, I can’t wait to learn these skills, taste our concoctions, and spend six hours in a kitchen with these folks.
There is a substantial waiting list for the workshop, which goes to show that there is a real need to claim this fading knowledge and extend the harvest. Our hope is that if we succeed with this one workshop then next year we will be prepared to offer several workshops all around town, some of them open to the public. If you are interested in learning more about preserving but cannot attend the workshop, there are other ones around town and online articles and tutorials. Better yet, you might ask friends, neighbours, and family members who know their stuff if they’d be willing to offer a private lesson.