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Free canning workshops will be held on six Saturdays this summer at the Downtown Evanston Farmers’ market, thanks to a grant to the city from the Farmers Market Coalition and Jarden Home Brands.

The workshops will be held at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. on June 8 and 29; July 6 and 27; and August 3 and 17.

First-timers, as well as experienced home canners, will discover new recipes that they can share with family and friends, plus learn new ways to serve their favorite canned foods.

Workshop participants will receive printed recipes and giveaways, such as spice packets, and be entered into a raffle to win larger prizes. Because some recipes can be made without boiling water, all ages are welcome to attend. Children should be accompanied by a parent.

“This program will inspire people to find a healthy, new passion that they can share with others," said Market Manager Myra Gorman. "Canning is a great way to capture the bounty of healthy fruits and vegetables that we will be craving next winter. It’s also a wonderful way to support the dozens of farmers who supply produce to the Downtown Evanston market.”

The market is located in the Northwestern University parking lot behind the Hilton Garden Inn and adjacent to the city parking garage at 1800 Maple Ave., where market-goers can park for free with ticket validation.

Shelter is available, says Gorman, so workshops will be held rain or shine.

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 stations and business-oriented magazines.

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