Learn how to can, pickle & preserve your harvest at Mentor Library

Canning TomatoesSo you planted a beautiful garden. Maybe you even used seeds from our free seed library.

Now you’ve got tons of tomatoes, cucumbers, and sweet peppers; and you even managed to protect your lettuce from the deer.

What do you do? You can’t possibly eat it all before it spoils.

How do you make the most of your bounty?

Well, actually, you have a bunch of options—canning, pickling, freezing, drying. If you know what you’re doing, you can have fruit and vegetables all winter.

But what if you’ve never canned or pickled something before?

It’s OK. We brought in an expert for you. Trained Master Food Preserver Judi Strauss will show you how to keep your fruits, vegetables and sauces fresh. Strauss runs The Charmed Kitchen and has shared her expertise on New Day Cleveland. She can help you too.

Strauss will lead a free program on preserving your harvest at 6:30 p.m. this Thursday, Sept. 27, at Mentor Public Library’s Main Branch.

Her talk is open to everyone but registration is requested. You can sign up on Mentor Library’s website or by calling 440-255-8811 ext. 241.

Speaking of the MPL’s seed library, it’s still stocked with herbs that people can grow on their windowsill and kitchen counter.

After all, the outdoor growing season may have tapered for the year, but herbs don’t need a garden plot to grow.

Anyone with a MPL card in good standing can check out seeds from the library for their own garden. The library’s collection includes more than 100 varieties of seed, including herbs, flowers, vegetables and fruit.

People can check out as many as 15 types of seed per year.

So check out our seed library and see how your garden grows.NRCSHI07018_-_Hawaii_(716072)(NRCS_Photo_Gallery)

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