Posts Tagged ‘canning’

Fiddleheads Preserving Class May 29th

Tuesday, May 7th, 2013

Date: May 29, 2013
Topic: Preserving Fiddleheads
Location: UMaine Regional Learning Center, 75 Clearwater Dr, Falmouth
Time: 5:30 – 8:30 PM
Cost: $15 (scholarships are available)
To register: Call Lois Elwell at 207-781-6099 or 1-800-287-1471 (in Maine) or register online
Taught by: Kate McCarty, Community Educator and Master Food Preserver Volunteers

Ever wonder how to preserve all those great garden vegetables? University of Maine Cooperative Extension’s hands-on food preservation workshops will teach you the basics of canning and freezing, including how to use pressure canners and water bath canners to preserve pickles, jam, and vegetables. Learn from the experts. We will provide fresh produce and canning jars. For a current listing of upcoming food preserving workshops go to:

May 2013 issue Maine Home Garden News available now!

Tuesday, May 7th, 2013

Colorful vegetables from the gardenremsberg_11081030369Photos by Edwin Remsberg






Maine Home Garden News is published during the Maine gardening season. The May issue is now available at:

To receive this free online gardening newsletter:

  • Or like/follow up on Facebook and/ or Twitter to hear about updates.

For more information, contact us at 1-800-287-1471.  UMaine Extension no longer designs “for print” publications, except for as needed by clients who don’t have online access including e-mail.

UMaine Extension Backyard Locavore Event Tickets on Sale

Monday, April 29th, 2013

Our 5th Annual Backyard Locavore Day will be held on Aug. 10 in various communities within Cumberland County. Events in Brunswick, Falmouth, Freeport, North Yarmouth, Portland, Raymond, South Portland, Scarborough and Windham begin at 10 a.m. and end at 4 p.m. Registration is $15 in advance, $20 day of event and children under 12 are free. This is a rain or shine event.

Tickets can be ordered online:    More information is available by contacting 207-781-6099 or (800)-287-1471 in Maine, or email:

Registrants will receive a booklet in July describing each site and a map showing specific locations. Locavore Day is designed to educate members of the public about learn do-it-yourself strategies for becoming a locavore, who is someone who eats food grown or produced locally. Every year more and more people grow, raise, harvest and preserve foods in a sustainable way to meet individual food needs.

Each backyard will have a Master Gardener volunteer to answer your questions on gardening methods, including vegetable and square-foot gardening, backyard composting, root cellars, greenhouses, beekeeping, backyard poultry.  Specific food-preservation methods such as drying, hot water bath canning, making herbal vinegars and jam making may be discussed with a Master Food Preserver volunteer.  There will be complementary food samples.

This event raises funds for the University of Maine Cooperative Extension’s Cumberland County Food Preservation Programming at the UMaine Regional Learning Center in Falmouth.



Maine strawberries are ready!

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012
fresh strawberries

fresh strawberries

In anticipation of strawberry season and preserving these tasty Maine treats, UMaine Cooperative Extension offers resources on using and preserving strawberries and other wonderful Maine grown produce.  Feel free to share these resources with your family and friends.


Food Preservation: “How To” videos

Food Preservation Hands-on Workshops

Pressure Gauge Testing Service

Publications including USDA Complete Guide to Home Canning, Let’s Preserve fact sheet series and the Canning and Freezing Quick Guides:


Low Sugar Strawberry Jam workshops offerred

Friday, June 15th, 2012

Strawberries are ready!  Come learn how to  preserve low sugar strawberry jam at the Preserving the Harvest─A Hands On Food Preservation Workshops being held in June and July.

Kate McCarty, Program Aide, Food Preservation and other Master Food Preservers of the University of Maine Cooperative Extension will teach you the basic steps for canning and freezing.

Low Sugar Strawberry Preserving Workshops using Hot Water Bath Method  of canning are being offered at the  University of Maine Cooperative Extension, 75 Clearwater Dr., Suite 104, Falmouth, ME 04105. 

Call 781-6099 to register for either workshop:

June 26   5:30PM-8:30PM    $10.00 materials fee  (scholarships available)

July 10     5:30PM-8:30PM     $10.00 materials fee  (scholarships available)



UMaine Extension in Falmouth Announces Summer Canning Workshops

Monday, May 14th, 2012

Workshop leaders:  Kate McCarty, Food Preservation Program Aide and/or Master Food Preserver Volunteers from UMaine Extension will teach Hot Water Bath Canning method and Freezing at our  “Preserving the Harvest” programs.

Date Topic
June 26 Strawberry Jam
July 10 Strawberry Jam
July 31 Dilly Beans

Each workshop will cover the follow food preservation basics:

  • Recommended preservation methods
  • The latest and safest recipes
  • Equipment to ensure safety
  • Checking for properly sealed jars

Location:  UMaine Regional Learning Center, 75 Clearwater Dr., Suite 104, Falmouth

Time: 5:30 – 8:30 PM

Cost: $10 per person per workshop. (scholarships are available)

Register: call 207-781-6099 or

FMI email:

For More Workshop Dates:

Summer Canning Workshops

Friday, May 4th, 2012

Canning workshops will be taught by University of Maine Cooperative Extension’s  Kate McCarty, Program Aide and Master Food Preservers Volunteers.


Location:  UMaine Regional Learning Center, 75 Clearwater  Dr.  Suite 104,  Falmouth, ME 04105

Time: 5:30 – 8:30 PM

Cost:  $10 (scholarships are available)

To register: call 207-781-6099  or  800-287-1471
June 26, 2012   -  Hot Water Bath Canning and Freezing: Strawberry Jam

July 10, 2012    -   Hot Water Bath Canning and Freezing: Strawberry Jam

July 31, 2012    -  Hot Water Bath Canning and Freezing: Dilly Beans

For more information email

Photo by Edwin Remsberg, USDA

Canning and food preservation class at Regional Learning Center