Greenwich Historical Society Program: Introduction to Jams and Pickles with Marisa MacLellan


39 Strickland Road, Greenwich, CT 06807. Phone: 203-869-6899 Ex. 10.

June 30, 2012, 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm--Whether you've dipped a finger into the world of homemade jam or never laid eyes on a canning jar, you'll love this class. Canning is a tried and true method of preseving food that has enjoyed renewed interest with the resurgence of eating "local and organic." Canning teacher, dedicated farmers' market shopper, blogger and cookbook author Marisa McClellan will walk you through the basics of jam making, pickling and boiling-water bath canning at a very special afternoon at the Greenwich Historical Society on June 30, 2012. The class provides a unique, hands-on opportunity to roll up your sleeves, cut and chop, learn to make spiced nectarine jam and dilly beans–and triumphantly return home with a small jar of each complete with corresponding recipes. Marissa McClellan is a food writer and canning teacher who lives in Center City Philadelphia. Her new book, Food in Jars: Preserving in Small Batches Year Round, will be published by Running Press in spring 2012. A handbook for the new wave of home food preservers, her latest work features more than 100 recipes cooked up in McClellan's 80 square-foot kitchen. It contains basic advice as well as recipes to help you take canning to the next level of sophistication. The program will take place at the Greenwich Historical Society's Bush-Holley Historic site, former home of the Holley Boarding House and a truly fitting place to explore this culinary tradition. During the boarding house era, fruits and vegetables from backyard garden were preserved for future use on an almost weekly basis during the growing season. Documents from the era (now found in the Historical Society Library and Archives) include dozens of recipes, seed catalogs and meal descriptions. Join us as we put a whole new spin on historic preservation!

2nd. Annual Garden Tour Monroe Historical Society


31 Great Ring Rd., Monroe, CT 06468. Phone: 203-261-8554.

The Monroe Historical Society is planning a tour of five beautiful gardens on Saturday, June 30th from 1:00 to 5:00 pm.  . Each garden is unique and will provide visitors with great ideas to personalize their own gardens.  There will be five
beautiful gardens and the Memorial Garden at the Beardsley Homestead featured on the tour. Tickets are available at the Monroe Library, Monroe Town Clerk's office, Country Hearts on Route 25 and Sunshine Nursery on Monroe Turnpike.  Tickets will also be available the day of the tour at the Beardsley Homestead, 31 Great Ring Road, Monroe. For more information email.