Grow Food Amherst has sponsored educational workshops at the Amherst Winter Market in 2013-14 and at the Wednesday Farmers’ Market during the summer of 2014. We are moving back indoors for the fall and winter season with our Sustainability Sunday Workshops and Events at All Things Local Cooperative Market at 104 North Pleasant St. in downtown Amherst!
All Things Local is Amherst’s only year-round, 6 day a week downtown farmers’ and craft market, and has become the hub of local activity for people committed to a more sustainable way of living in the region. With a steady supply of fresh local vegetables, wonderful summer fruit, warm baked bread every morning, sustainably raised meat products, a bakery full of freshly made pastries and more, local teas and lots of homemade craft items, ATL is the place to shop to support your friends and neighbors who make a living by growing food or making craft products!
Our first workshop featured Peg Thibbits of Harvest Market who taught 12 people how to make peach jam (and everyone took a jar of jam home)! It was a little crowded in the kitchen, so we are asking you to pre-register here for Peg’s next workshop on making your own corn relish on Sunday, October 5. Check out Peg’s recipe for her mixed fruit jam and her famous strawberry jam from previous workshops!
UMass Sustainable Food and Farming Student, Xochi Salazar, led a handmade soap workshop for our second workshop. Participants made a bar of natural soap using Native American medicine from the Kalpulli Olmeca tradition and learned about the history and science behind these practices
Future workshops are listed here:
In addition to providing local farmers and crafters with an opportunity to sell great local food and crafts, All Things Local is committed to sustainability education. According to Board President Bernard Brennan, the new workshop series is a continuation of their many efforts to help support Amherst residents efforts to live a more healthy and sustainable life. He is delighted to partner with Grow Food Amherst to sponsor the educational workshop series on Sunday afternoons.
If you are interested in presenting a workshop, please contact Grow Food Amherst.