An $800 grant to help expand free canning and food preservation workshops at the Evanston Farmers’ Market was announced today by the city.

Exact dates for this year’s workshops have not yet been determined, but last year more than 600 community members participated in the program, the city stated in a news release.

“This fun program promotes healthy living and allows community members to share their knowledge—and their bounty—with neighbors and friends,” said Market Manager Myra Gorman. “Canning is a great way to capture and preserve the fresh fruits and vegetables we enjoy every summer, while also supporting the many farmers who supply produce to the Downtown Evanston market.”

As part of the grant, the Farmers Market Coalition and Jarden Home Brands will supply materials needed to host the programs, enabling participants to receive printed recipes and giveaways.

The Downtown Evanston Farmers’ Market, now in its 39th year, is held every Saturday, from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at University Place and Oak Avenue, through November 8. Parking is free at the adjacent 1800 Maple Ave. garage with ticket validation at the City of Evanston tent. LINK cards are accepted and reusable bags are sold on site. 

Charles Bartling

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio...

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