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Afternoon and Evening Tomato Salsa Workshops Offered

Salsa

AFTERNOON & EVENING TOMATO/SALSA WORKSHOPS OFFERED: FOOD PRESERVATION BASICS OF WATER BATH CANNING

Make plans now to register & join us for this hands-on workshop! You will learn how to make & preserve homemade salsa using the hot water bath method following USDA guidelines necessary for safe home food preservation. The registration fee includes handouts, ingredients and supplies. Each registrant will receive one jar of salsa to take home.

Enrollment for each class is limited to 20 people. Classes fill up quickly, so call the St. Clair County Extension Office today at 205-338-9416 to register!

When: Friday, August 31st

Time: 1:00 p.m.–3:30 p.m. AND 5:30 p.m.–8:00 p.m. (TWO SEPARATE CLASSES)

Location: Pell City 19th Street Recreation Hall, 411 19th Street South, Pell City, AL 35128

Cost: $10/person

Instructor: Angela Treadaway, Regional Extension Agent

FREE Pressure Canner Dial Gauge Testing

Pressure

Summer is in full swing which means we are seeing an abundance of tasty seasonal fruits and vegetables that we all love! If you are planning to take advantage of these summer favorites by canning, it is important to make sure your pressure canner is in good working condition.

 

Low acid vegetables, meat products, and some tomato products must be canned in a pressure canner for the correct time and pressure to ensure their safety. If not processed correctly, these low acid foods may contain the deadly botulism toxin.

 

The St. Clair County Extension Office will be testing dial gauges throughout the canning season for free. Dial gauges should be tested annually. Weighted gauges do not require testing.

 

Simply call our office at 205-338-9416 to set up an appointment for this free service. You may also contact Regional Extension Agent, Angela Treadaway, by calling our office or by emailing to ask any home food preservation questions you may have.

 

Free publications are also available by visiting our website or by visiting our office which is located on the lower level of the St. Clair County Courthouse in Pell City, in Basement Office #4.

 

Your INPUT is Needed!

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Each year Alabama Extension conducts a grassroots survey in which it asks anyone to give feedback on programming conducted by your local Extension Office.  This feedback is critical in insuring that your needs are being met by the St. Clair County Extension Office.

Please take a minute and go to the following link and complete this important survey.

ACES 2018 GRASSROOTS NEEDS ASSESSMENT

Visit Your St. Clair County “Pell City” Farmers Market Soon!

Farmers Market Crew

 

(l to r) Rod Goode, Farmers Market Steering Committee member and St. Clair County Conservation District Technician; Cori Harris, St. Clair County Extension SNAP-Ed Educator; and Farmers Market Manager, Worth Barham, greet visitors at the Market

 

Buy Fresh from the Farm at the St. Clair County “Pell City” Farmers Market

The family farm is an American tradition but unfortunately it is in danger of fading away as there are now less than a million people in the U.S. that claim farming as their primary occupation. This represents a loss of almost 5 million farms since 1935. Family farms, exhibiting self-sufficiency, are the foundation of rural communities. Communities benefit from the local farmers when they purchase their goods from local merchants and provide jobs which enhance the local economy. This is a win-win situation for everyone.

 

A few years ago we started seeing a revival in farmer’s markets as health conscious consumers looked for ways to get the freshest produce possible. This is good news not only for local farmers but for consumers and communities. Farmers markets can enhance our spirit of community by creating a family-oriented gathering spot to reconnect with our friends and neighbors while helping to promote and enhance the economic vitality of local farmers.

 

Usually sold within 24 hours of being harvested, fruits and vegetables produced locally are fresher and taste better than produce which has been shipped for a long period of time. When eaten at the peak of ripeness, consumers can reap the benefits of the exceptional flavor and nutrients the produce provides.

 

With the summer growing season now in full swing, virtually any fruit or vegetable you need for your picnic or barbeque can be found at our local farmer’s market. In its 9th year, the St. Clair County Farmers Market is open every Wednesday from 2—5:30 p.m. until August 29th. It is located in the gravel parking lot on Hwy 231 North, just past the post office in Pell City.

 

Because it a producer-only state-sanctioned market, it qualifies and is a Farmers Market Nutrition Voucher Program redemption site.

 

If you haven’t had a chance to visit our local farmer’s market yet, we welcome you to stop by soon. Be sure to say hello to Mr. Worth Barham, Farmers Market Manager and Cori Harris, St. Clair County Extension SNAP-Ed educator, who is set-up there weekly offering food tastings, handouts and other special goodies. Also, when you are there, be sure to register for the weekly drawing for your chance to win!

 

Your support will allow the St. Clair County Market to continue to improve and bring not only the same great products to you next year, but many more new products as well. For updates each week on what will be available at the Market, be sure to join the St. Clair County “Pell City” Farmers Market page. To learn more about all the happenings going on at the St. Clair County Extension Office, be sure to “like” our page too, St. Clair County, Alabama Extension Office.

 

We hope to see you at the Market next Wednesday!

St. Clair County Farmers Market Open Every Wednesday Through August 29th

Peaches and Strawberries

The St. Clair County “Pell City” Farmers Market opened Wednesday, June 6th from 2–5:30 p.m. and will be open until August 29th. It is located on Hwy 231 North, just past the Pell City Post Office, in gravel parking lot in front of Mary’s Mini Warehouses. It will be open EVERY Wednesday from 2–5:30 p.m. until August 29th. We are even open this year on the 4th of July!

 

Here is what you will find at the Market this year:

¨ Locally grown produce, grass-fed beef, and honey

¨ Farmers Market Nutrition Voucher Program Redemption Site

¨ Weekly Drawings

¨ Special Event Days

¨ Cooperative Extension publications, cooking demos, pressure canner testing, gardening info, and much more

 

This is one of only 2 state-sanctioned Farmers Markets in St. Clair County. The other one is in Steele.

 

To find out what will be available at the Market each week, be sure to “like” our Facebook page, St. Clair County “Pell City” Farmers Market.

 

Mr. Worth Barham is the Farmers Market Manager this year.

 

 

 

AL Beekeepers Association: Dedicated to Helping Alabama’s Honeybees

St. Clair County Beekeepers LogoIf you are interested in the art of beekeeping and have 100 hives of bees or just one, the St. Clair County Beekeepers Association invites you to come and be a part of their association. Dues are only $10/person and are used to fund local activities such as special speakers and other various community events open to the public.

 

The St. Clair County Beekeepers Association was founded on October 12, 2012 to educate and organize local beekeepers all the way from hobbyist to the professional level. They meet at 7 p.m. on the 4th Thursday of the month at the St. Clair county Farmers Federation (ALFA) building located at 32775 US Hwy 231, Ashville, Alabama.

 

For more information about joining this association, please contact Ragina Swindeall at (205) 368-9112 or email stclairbeekeeping@gmail.com. Also, be sure to visit www.alabamabeekeepers.com.

 

 

 

 

Become a Master Gardener This Year

Garden Shed

Have you always wanted to become a Master Gardener? Well, now’s your chance! Don’t miss out on our upcoming class which will be held every Wednesday at the Extension Office beginning August 29th—November 14th from 8:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. We are only able to offer this course once every 2 years.

 

You must complete & submit an application to be considered for the class. This form can be accessed online at http://www.aces.edu/pubs/docs/A/ANR-1155/ANR-1155.pdf or we will be glad to email or mail you a copy. For more information, please contact the St. Clair County Extension Office at 205-338-9416.

 

Registration fee is $125 but is not required until closer to class time! Happy Gardening!

 

Stay Informed with the Extension Newsletter

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The Extension Newsletter is published bi-monthly. If you would like to be added to our mailing list, please email Lee Ann Clark, County Extension Coordinator, or call our the St. Clair County Extension Office at (205) 338-9416.

Current Issues

July/August, 2018 Extension Newsletter

May/June, 2018 Extension Newsletter

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2017 Past Issues

November/December, 2017 Extension Newsletter

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July/August, 2017 Extension Newsletter

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2016 Past Issues

November/December, 2016 Extension Newsletter

September/October, 2016 Extension Newsletter

July/August, 2016 Extension Newsletter

May/June, 2016 Extension Newsletter

March/April, 2016 Extension Newsletter

January/February, 2016 Extension Newsletter