Stop by the Bellingham Farmer's Market between 11am and 1pm to catch Renee Wilkinson, author of Modern Homestead, demonstrate some basics of canning and drying. She will talk about ways to use what you have preserved in recipes through the winter. Renee will demonstrate canning techniques with items such as tomatoes, as well as methods for drying produce, such as apples. She will have copies of her book available for sale at the market. This event is part of the Whatcom County Farm Tour and is co-sponsored by Sustainable Connections. Can't make it to Renee's Farmer's Market demo? You can see her at Village Books in the Readings Gallery at 4pm.
About Modern Homestead:
From windowsills to backyards, cities hold more potential for growth than just urban sprawl. We can grow vegetables, raise small livestock, and fill our cupboards with canned decadence. Renee Wilkinson offers something for everyone, regardless of space constraints or green thumb know-how. Wonder what it takes to raise clucking chickens? Wilkinson walks you through every step. Musing about what will grow best on your balcony or fire escape? She gives you garden designs and choices. Pondering what to do with your honey harvest? Try out a homemade lip balm recipe. While Wilkinson may use her grandmother’s old canning tricks or her aunt's favorite recipes, this young, thoughtful gardener still manages to make her place her own, and delivers the best information on growing, raising, harvesting, and making from your own plot.
Renee Wilkinson is the creator of HipChickDigs.com, a popular website dedicated to urban homesteading, edible landscape design, and sustainable living. Garden spade in hand, Renee is completing a graduate degree in landscape architecture and continues to inspire urbanites everywhere to get their hands dirty in their own city homesteads. She lives on a tenth–of–an–acre city lot in Portland, Oregon, with her husband and three urban chickens.