Friday, August 23, 2013

Introducing: Preservation Station

Preservation Station is an enclosed trailer that unpacks into a high-efficiency, three-season food preservation kitchen and workshop space. This lightweight trailer can be pulled onto any of hundreds of small farms and backyards at the peak of produce ripeness. Help us break in Preservation Station and join us for an upcoming food preservation party!

Come learn about canning or fermenting; or if you know how, come join in the fun. Veggies, canning jars and lids will be provided. Each participant will prepare food hands-on, and take home a share of the jars at the end of the workshop. Events are tentative and dates subject to change based on the season. Pre-registration required. For more information contact Jen Schaap at (231) 622-5252 or

Pickles and Dilly Beans

Thursday, August 29 from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm
at Birch Point Farm, 7506 E Birch Point Rd, Traverse City
$35-$45 sliding scale

Tomato Canning
Sunday, September 8 from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm
at Wells Family Farm, 9490 Elk Lake Rd, Williamsburg
$35-$45 sliding scale

Fermented Cucumber Pickles
Tuesday, September 10 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
at Bluestem Farm, 4218 M 32 (at Adams Road), East Jordan
$25-$35 sliding scale

Tuesday, October 8 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
at Bluestem Farm, 4218 M 32 (at Adams Road), East Jordan
$25-$35 sliding scale

Host your own canning party!
Farmers: Are you swimming in tomatoes? Invite your customers to your farm for a day of canning, and market your abundant produce.
Gardeners: Share your bounty with your friends! Invite them over for a canning party.
Community gardeners: Wrap up the season at your community garden by harvesting and preserving your hard work and taste the satisfaction (wow) in the winter months. Share jars with fellow plot owners and get a variety for your shelf! Great end-of-year party!
Beginners: Get specific instructions and connect with other canners to get started on your journey to eat local food all year.
Experts: Help pass on the art of canning to others that are ready to try!
Partiers: Consider hiring the trailer for your next event: birthdays, foodie fun, ladies’ night, or block party!

Interested in hosting your own food preservation party? Contact Jen Schaap at (231) 622-5252 or

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