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Canning featured at Today's Farmers Market

August 18, 2015 - 8:50 AM

If you are interested in learning how to do simple canning to preserve your summer vegetables, stop by today's farmers market at the Knox County Health Department from 4-6:30 p.m.

"Taking the 'Un-canniness' out of Water Bath Canning" will be presented by Julie Divelbiss, a master gardener with OSU Extension-Knox County. She will be preparing a salsa recipe. " Preserving tomatoes, peppers and onions in salsa is a fun and simple way to take the fear out of canning," said Divelbiss "This sauce is healthy, easy to make and flavorful." Divelbiss is a former family and consumer science teacher with the Danville Local Schools.

Attendees will learn which types of tomatoes (a high-acid food) are best suited for the recipe and how to properly combine them with low-acid foods such as peppers and onions to make their canning experience a success. Everyone attending the presentation will have the opportunity to register to win canning supplies including canning jars, preparation utensils, a guide book and an electric water-bath canner.

Adults who attend the food demonstration will also have the opportunity to register for a freezer and a gas grill to be given away at the end of the market season in September. The give-away is part of the Get Healthy Knox County campaign with funding provided by United Way of Knox County in collaboration with Herald's Appliances.

The mid-week market takes place the first and third Tuesday of the month, July through September, in the parking lot on the south side of the health department. Vendors are the same growers that sell at the Saturday market on the Public Square in downtown Mount Vernon. The health department market is open to the general public and is held rain or shine. In the case of inclement weather, the vendors and food demonstration will be moved inside.

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