September Meeting

September 11, 2019

THE FIVE WAYS TO PRESERVE THE HARVEST

In this interactive presentation, food blogger and cookbook author Emily Paster will cover five ways to preserve your garden harvest from canning to freezing to drying and root-cellaring. Emily will offer an in-depth description of water-bath canning, a versatile and accessible method of home food preservation suitable for many common fruits and vegetables grown in home and community gardens. You will also walk away with Emily’s “Freezer Cheat Sheet” which demystifies the process and benefits of freezing local and home-grown fruits and vegetables as well as an overview of safe water-bath canning procedures, fermentation and suggestions for helpful resources for further study.

Bio:

Emily Paster is the author of two cookbooks, 2016’s Food Swap: Specialty Recipes for Bartering, Sharing & Giving and The Joys of Jewish Preserving published in 2017. She is the writer and photographer behind the website West of the Loop, which has been called “a family food blog to savor.” As the founder of the Chicago Food Swap, a community event where handmade foods are bartered and exchanged, Emily is a leader in the national food swap movement.
If you need further information, consult her professional websites:

www.emilypaster.com

www.WestoftheLoop.com


Annual Tea Party Review

The annual Tea Party was a great success. The weather had a slight threat of rain, but held off until after the back yard party. We had the pleasure of sharing in some of the members creative pursuits, including home crafted fairy garden structures, a unique garden theme art book “How Does Your Garden Grow” by Mary, and original poetry.

We enjoyed Todd & Holland tea with a wonderful assortment of food. This was a wonderful low key afternoon, with great conversations.

August Tea – 8/14/19

While planning the Garden Club August Tea, we were struck by the fact that so many members of the club are so creative. Member’s creativity has been expressed through many aspects of gardening, flower arranging, garden hats, and photography. Please consider sharing one of your creative expressions with us at the August Tea. The full range of creative expressions are welcome, from art to music to writing. Your creativity may be expressed in an exceptional garden planning method, a poem, a photograph, a story about getting inspired or inspiring someone to garden, needlework, or a song. Anything gardening related that you think others my find interesting will inspire us all to find our inner creativity. Please let Joan Meister know if you will be inspiring us with your creativity. (meisterjoan@yahoo.com).

An Evite was sent to all members on July 15, 2019. Please check your email, RSVP, and sign up for a contribution. Due to space constraints there is a limit of 40 members for the August Tea.

Garden Club August Tea
1316 Jackson,
River Forest, Illinois


August 14, 2019

2:00 PM – 4:00 PM