Canning workshops

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Spring is just around the corner and your garden will soon be producing tons of vegetables and fruits.  Or you may want to take advantage of farmer’s markets, road-side stands or you-pick operations located nearby. Preserving some of that food for use later in the year will give you great taste and good nutrition and will also make memories for a lifetime.

   The University of Florida extension program is holding canning updates. All classes will cover both pressure canning for vegetables and boiling water canning for fruits. Sweet spreads (jams and jellies) and pickles will also be discussed. This is for the novice, as well as the experienced.    

Canning recommendations have changed during the past few years and experts want the public to be safe.  Seating is limited and class will last about three hours.  There is a $3 fee for the optional workshop materials. Participants may pay at the door, but please bring the correct change.

• Levy County classes are scheduled for Monday, April 14, at 1:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. at the UF IFAS Levy County Extension Office, 625 North Hathaway Ave., Bronson, Florida.   For reservations, please call 352-486-5131.

• Dixie County classes are scheduled for Tuesday, April 22, at 1:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. at the Dixie County Library, 16328 SE 19 Highway, Cross City, Florida.  For reservations, please call 325-498-1219.

• Gilchrist County classes are scheduled for Tuesday, May 13, at 1:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. at the Gilchrist County Library, 105 NW 11th Ave., Trenton, Florida.  For reservations, please call 352-463-3176.

   These programs are brought to you by UF IFAS Extension Levy County.  For more information, please contact Muriel Turner at 352-486-5131.