Family Cooking Classes Conclude

IMG_0345For the past 6 weeks, a group of Highland families participated in Family Cooking Classes at The Highland Center. Kaye Stiltner of Virginia Cooperative Extension taught the classes and provided free groceries, Allegheny Mountain School Fellows taught youth about healthy foods and gardening and students participating in the Youth Employment Program watched infants.

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Highland youth and Allegheny Mountain School Fellows explore the colors and tastes of salad and a variety of salad dressings.
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Families took home a variety of free groceries after each class.

 

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Highland Farmers’ Market – Farmers’ Market Week!

  

 

Farmers’ Market Week!

August 2nd, 3:30 – 6:00

The Highland Center Pavilion

 

 

 We’re going to be the first to celebrate National and VA Farmers’ Market Week! (We like to be ahead of the curve!) Join us for the best that our Market has to offer – good local meat and produce, baked goods, flowers, arts, crafts and more!

   

Live music by Andy Holmaas and Friends!

 

Scheduled Vendors:

– Appalachian Roots Farm – Baked goods, produce

Bruce Folks – Maple products, baked goods, fudges, cookies, produce, corn, tomatoes

Church Hill Produce –  USDA inspected beef, honey, green & red tomatoes, sweet corn, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, lettuce, cucumbers, squash, zucchini, onions, green beans, peppers (bell, sweet & hot), raspberries 

Cress Farm – USDA inspected lamb, eggs

Ginseng Mountain Farm – USDA inspected lamb and beef, grilling marinade, sheepskins

– Ginny Neil – Painted shirts and art

Justin Neil – USDA inspected pork sausage 

Laura Honaker – French macaroons, bread, jams

Mirrorslap Photography – Local photography

Mountain Pastures – All natural lotion and lip balm

Mountain Springs Farm – USDA inspected pork cuts and sausage, eggs, beets, onions, swiss chard, lettuce, herbs

Riven Rock Farm – USDA inspected beef and lamb, honey, eggs

Sarahcycled – All natural soaps and lotion bars

Southernmost Maple – Pork BBQ, milkshakes, baked goods, maple syrup, bbq sauce, ice cream

Thorny Bottom FarmHoney

Thrive Farm – Plants and flowers

Walter Davis – Handmade wood cabinets and birdhouses

Va Trout Co – Allegheny mountain trout fillets

Vendors and products subject to change

 

 

Next Week – Young Farmers’ Week! 

 

 

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Preserving the harvest: Enjoying “local” year-round!

IMG_1397editedNow that the growing season is in full swing, it is time to think about food preservation! On July 25, The Highland Center hosted a great beginning canning workshop. The full class worked with Sarah Collins, certified by the Better Processing School, to make strawberry jam and grape jelly in The Highland Center’s Community Kitchen.

In case you missed the class, here are the Basic Home Canning Instructions and the recipes the class used to make Homemade Strawberry Jam and Homemade Grape Jelly.

 
Don’t forget to mark your calendars for our two other upcoming food preservation events! For more information or to register, please contact Jessa Fowler at jessafowler@htcnet.org or 540-468-1922.

July 30, 7 pm. Discovering Fermented Foods Presentation and Samples. FREE!
August 8, 7 pm. Canning 101: Pickles and Tomatoes Workshop. $5

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Highland Farmers’ Market – Arts in Bloom!

  

 

Arts in Bloom!

Friday, July 26th, 3:30 – 6:00

The Highland Center Pavilion

 

 Arts and crafts are back! Visit the Market this week for artwork, crafts and photos, along with the finest in local produce, meat, baked goods, flowers and more!

  

Allegheny Mountain School Demo – Arts in Bloom!

Welcome good insects into the garden with beneficial flowers and welcome family and friends to the table with garden flower arrangements! 

Demos at 4:00 and 5:00.

 

Scheduled Vendors:

Bruce Folks – Maple products, baked goods, fudges, cookies, produce, corn, tomatoes

Church Hill Produce –  USDA inspected beef, honey, green & red tomatoes, sweet corn, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, lettuce, cucumbers, squash, zucchini, onions, green beans, peppers (bell, sweet & hot), raspberries 

Cress Farm – USDA inspected lamb, eggs

Healing Farm – USDA inspected beef

Highland Humane Society – Painted cards and t-shirts

Justin Neil – USDA inspected pork sausage 

Laura Honaker – French macaroons, bread, jams

Mirrorslap Photography – Local photography

Mountain Springs Farm – USDA inspected pork cuts and sausage, eggs, beets, onions, swiss chard, lettuce, herbs

Riven Rock Farm – USDA inspected beef and lamb, honey, eggs

Sarahcycled – All natural soaps and lotion bars

Walter Davis – Handmade wood cabinets and birdhouses

Va Trout Co – Allegheny mountain trout fillets

Vendors and products subject to change

 

 

Next Week – Farmers’ Market Week! 

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Canning 101: Pickles and Tomatoes

jar with beansHave you ever eaten a Dilly Bean in January? Could you taste summer with every bite? Come learn how to make and can pickles and homemade tomato sauce using fresh ingredients at the Highland Center on Thursday, August 8 at 7 pm. Certified by the Better Processing School, Community Kitchen Manager Sarah Collins will teach safe canning practices and the reasons behind the methods. A $5 fee covers material costs and all participants will take home a jar of tomato sauce and dilly bean pickles! Space is limited- please contact Jessa Fowler at 540-468-1922 or jessafowler@htcnet.org to register.

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Highland Farmers’ Market – Mountain Foods Market!

  

 

Mountain Foods Market!

Friday, July 19th, 3:30 – 6:00

The Highland Center Pavilion

 

Mountain Foods Buying Club of the Alleghany Highlands is a new program of The Highland Center, providing customers with access to affordable bulk, all natural or organic foods and household products.

 

 Learn more about Mountain Foods from coordinator Sarah Collins, sample some of the delicious items available to members, and become a member yourself!

 

As always, the Market will feature the finest in local meat, food, baked goods, flowers and more!

Scheduled Vendors:

Bruce Folks – Maple products, baked goods, fudges, cookies, produce, corn, tomatoes

Church Hill Produce –  USDA inspected beef, honey, green & red tomatoes, sweet corn, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, lettuce, cucumbers, squash, zucchini, onions, green beans, peppers (bell, sweet & hot), raspberries 

Cress Farm – USDA inspected lamb, eggs

Healing Farm – USDA inspected beef 

Highland Humane Society – Notecards – sales support the Humane Society

Justin Neil – USDA inspected pork sausage 

Laura Honaker – French macaroons,  bread, jams

Mountain Pastures – All natural lotion and lip balm

Mountain Springs Farm – USDA inspected pork cuts and sausage, eggs, beets, onions, swiss chard, lettuce, herbs

Riven Rock Farm – USDA inspected beef and lamb, honey, eggs

NEW!Sweet Rose Farm – Certified organic produce – red, black and purple raspberries, zucchini, cucumbers, squash

Va Trout Co – Allegheny mountain trout fillets

Vendors and products subject to change

 

 

Next Week – Arts at the Market! 

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Discovering Fermented Foods – July 30

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Discover Fermented Foods with a presentation by Dawn Story at The Highland Center on Tuesday, July 30 at 7 pm. Dawn will share the basics of making fermented foods, how fermentation works, and its important health benefits. A variety of Dawn’s Farmstead Ferments products will be available for tasting. Read more about Dawn in her bio here.

Registration is encouraged; please contact Jessa Fowler at 540-468-1922 or jessafowler@htcnet.org.

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