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Upcoming workshops teach tips to preserve produce

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Picture your garden overflowing with plump, juicy tomatoes, shiny green peppers, and crisp green beans. Imagine picking juicy peaches, pears, and apples from the local orchards or selecting fresh produce from baskets at the farmers' markets.
Why not save some of this bounty to enjoy all through the year? Food preservation is the process of treating and handling food to stop or greatly slow down spoilage, loss of quality, edibility, or nutritive value caused or accelerated by microorganisms.
Learn to preserve foods safely. The Purdue Extension Service in Whitley County will be conducting 'Preserving Nature's Bounty' workshops to discuss safe home food preservation procedures and to answer the frequently asked questions on canning, freezing, and drying foods. Workshops are scheduled for:
 - Thursday, July 26, 9:30-11:30 a.m. or 1-3 p.m. or 6-8 p.m., 4-H Center, Columbia City. Reservations due by July 23.
 - Monday, July 30, 1-3 p.m. or 6-8 p.m., Churubusco Town Hall. Reservations due by July 26.
 - Tuesday, July 31, 6-8 p.m., South Whitley Community Public Library. Reservations due by July 27.
 - Tuesday, August 7, 1-3 p.m. or 6-8 p.m., Purdue Extension - Whitley County Office. Reservations due August 3.
To register, call 244-7615 or 625-3313. Cost is $3/person, payable at the door. For more information, contact Cindy Barnett, Extension Educator, cbarnett@purdue.edu or visit the website: https//www.extension.purdue.edu.


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