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November workshop - Go Nuts!

There are still spots available for this weekends class! Sign up today! 

Want to go nuts? Come join us! The UC San Joaquin Master Food Preservers will be making delectable nut butters. We will show you how to make an array of your own fancy nut butters that are nutritional and packed with delicious flavors. They will make great holiday gifts! 

This will be a demo class. We will be making nut butters, talking about freezing to preserve them and in the end we will be sampling them!

Saturday, November 18th  
Class time: 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Cost: $10   Click here to register

Check in begins at 9:30 am. Class begins at 10 am sharp.

Classes are held at the Robert J. Cabral Agricultural Center, 2101 E. Earhart Ave., Stockton, CA 95206 in the Calaveras Room.

Space is limited!

If you need assistance or accommodations, please contact the UCCE Master Food Preservers of the Northern San Joaquin Valley at 209-953-6100.

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October Workshop - Olive'toberfest

There is still room, sign up ASAP for this Saturdays class!

Let us take the mystery out of making edible olives! Join the UCCE Master Food Preservers of San Joaquin for a morning of instruction, Q & A, and some live demonstrations of different olive curing techniques. Also learn how to safely and effectively use lye to cure your olives. Please register at the link below, space is limited.

Saturday, October 21st  
Class time: 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Cost: $10   Click here to register

Check in begins at 9:30 am. Class begins at 10 am sharp.

Classes are held at the Robert J. Cabral Agricultural Center, 2101 E. Earhart Ave., Stockton, CA 95206 in the Calaveras Room.

Space is limited!

If you need assistance or accommodations, please contact the UCCE Master Food Preservers of the Northern San Joaquin Valley at 209-953-6100.

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Fall 2017 Newsletter

Happy Fall! The weather is cool and it is a great time to be preserving the fall harvest! We hope you enjoy this issue of Preservation Notes. Feel free to share it with your friends and family, or better yet, encourage them to sign up fr our newsletter so they don't miss out on upcoming issues and class announcements! Happy preserving!

In This Issue

  • Trick or Treat - Pumpkin Pickles
  • Apple Pie Filling
  • FAQ—What is Clear Jel
  • Preserving Olives
  • Using a Pressure Canner
  • Calendar of Events
  • Halloween Food Safety Flyer

 

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MFP September Class - Pie Filling!

It is September and the fresh, crisp apples are calling us. Apple pie is a standard for Thanksgiving, Christmas and Holiday dinners, which can be some of our busiest times. How wonderful it would be to make pies in a flash.

Come to the Apple Pie in a Jar class and learn how to preserve the filling in a jar, ready to be placed in a crust and baked.

You will go home with a jar to make a pie and try it out. Come join us Saturday September 16 from 10 am to 2 pm.

Bring an apron and be ready for this hinds on class. A light lunch will be served

When: Saturday September 16

10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Registration begins at 9:30, class begins at 10 am sharp.

Where: Robert Cabral Ag Center, 2101 E. Earhart Ave. Stockton, CA

Cost: $20

Register: http://ucanr.edu/sites/NSJMFP/

9/7/17 Download
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Tasty Tomatoes

Are you trying to figure out what to do when your tomato plants really start producing? Join us for our August monthly workshop and learn how to preserve the rich bounty of summer sun, for the cold dark winter. You will learn how to preserve fresh tomatoes, and a flavorful salsa, in a boiling water bath canner and take home 2 jars to enjoy! Space is limited, sign up today! 

Saturday, August 19th 
Class time: 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Cost: $20   Click here to register

Check in begins at 9:30 am. Class begins at 10 am sharp.

Classes are held at the Robert J. Cabral Agricultural Center, 2101 E. Earhart Ave., Stockton, CA 95206 in the Calaveras Room.

Registration Deadline is August 17, 2017

Space is limited!

If you need assistance or accommodations, please contact the UCCE Master Food Preservers of the Northern San Joaquin Valley at 209-953-6100.

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Summer Newsletter

Summer is here and its the perfect time to do some preserving! We hope you enjoy this edition of Preservation Notes!

In This Issue

  • Zesty Peach BBQ Sauce
  • FAQ—Open kettle Canning
  • What does it mean … bring to a boil?
  • Summer Food Safety Tips & Grilling Essentials
  • Calendar of upcoming classes

 

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May workshop (Jams & Jellies) and Training Application Extension!

We apologize if you tried to register for the Jams n' Jellies workshop and received a message that the class is full. There is still room and the glitch has been fixed.

2017 Training Application Deadline - May 19th!

Did you miss the deadline to apply for the Master Food Preserver Training beginning this June? You're in luck! The application deadline has been extended until 5:00 pm on Friday May 19th. Find more info on our website, click here.

Jams n' Jellies
Saturday, May 20th 10 am - 2 pm.
Cost: $20.00 Click here to register

We are fortunate to be surrounded by a bounty of fresh summer fruits. Making jams and jellies is a great way to preserve them! Join us for our May workshop and learn how you can enjoy your favorite fruit all year long. Take home strawberry jam and cherry jelly after this hands-on workshop.

Check in begins at 9:30 am. Class begins at 10 am sharp.

Classes are held at the Robert J. Cabral Agricultural Center, 2101 E. Earhart Ave., Stockton, CA 95206 in the Calaveras Room.

Registration Deadline is May 15, 2016  Space is limited!

If you need assistance or accommodations, please contact the UCCE Master Food Preservers of the Northern San Joaquin Valley at 209-953-6100.

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FREE - April Canning Basic Workshops

Canning Basics 101

Ever want to know how to make your own fabulous jellies, jams and fruit preserves? You walk through the Farmers' Markets or drive by the strawberry stand in your community and want to know how to preserve those sweet, red berries? Do you just crave a fresh peach preserve?

Well join us on April 22nd in Modesto and Stockton AND on April 28 in Ripon for a “Basics in Water Bath Canning”. This 90 minute demonstration will walk you through what you need to know to get started at home making your own jams, jellies and fruit preserves safely.

To register for one of these free workshops, click here.

We have three demonstration workshops:

April 22 10 am to Noon in Stanislaus County at the Ag Center

3800 Cornucopia Way, Modesto, CA

April 22 10 am to Noon in Stockton at the Cabral Ag Center

2101 E Earhart Ave, Stockton, CA

April 28 10 am to 11:30 am at the Ripon Branch Library

333 W. Main St, Ripon CA

The cost for these demonstrations is FREE. Each demonstration workshop will have the same content but different presenters. Please choose the workshop of your choice.

We look forward to seeing you at our demonstration workshops in April.

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Preservation Notes from the Northern San Joaquin Master Food Preservers

The weekend is here and so is our newsletter, Preservation Notes! We hope that you find the information inside useful and inspiring!  This is something our program is planning on having available on a quarterly basis. Please feel free to share with your friends and family if you think they will benefit from the information inside. To view the newsletter, click on the link at the bottom of this email.

Thank you for your support!

3/31/17 Download
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Applications are now being accepted for the 2017 MFP training

Do you want to learn more about food preservation and food safety? Are you looking for a way to get involved n your community? Have you been thinking about joining the UC Master Food Preserver (MFP) Program? Now is the time to get your application in! We are in the final planning stages for out next MFP training that will begin in early June.

Orientation: Tuesday, April 4th -6:00 pm to 8:00 pm OR Saturday, April 15th 9:00 am to 11:00 am

This is a mandatory orientation meeting is required attendance. If you can not attend either of these meetings please call or email our office to make other arrangements.

For more info on the 2017 MFP training, click here. Space is limited for this training. 

Application Deadline is April 28th

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Dehydrating Basics

Drying fruits, vegetable and meats is one of the oldest methods of food preservation. With a dehydrator there isn’t really anything you can’t preserve through drying.

Unlike some recipes where you can’t control sugar content, dehydrating gives you room to experiment and preserve food with low sugar, low salt and high flavor.

Come spend the morning with us and learn the various methods of dehydration. Learn how to use food you have preserved.

We will also discuss creating dehydrated meals for use in backpacking and emergency preparedness.

Click here to register

Date: March 18, 2017
Class time: 10:00 am to 12:30 pm
Cost: $10

Check in begins at 9:30 am. Class begins at 10 am sharp.

Classes are held at the Robert J. Cabral Agricultural Center, 2101 E. Earhart Ave., Stockton, CA 95206 in the Calaveras Room.

Registration Deadline is March 13, 2017

Space is limited!

If you need assistance or accommodations, please contact the UCCE Master Food Preservers of the Northern San Joaquin Valley at 209-953-6100.

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Freezer Jam & Lemon Curd workshop - NSJ Master Food Preservers

Freezer Jam & Lemon Curd Workshop
Saturday, February 18, 2017 10:00 am to 2:00pm

Sometimes it’s just TOO hot in the kitchen to preserve one more jar. What’s the alternative? Freezer Jams!

Does the word curd at the end of anything make your stomach turn? Then you have not tried Lemon Curd! One of the most delicious toppings for scones, or just eaten right from the jar!

Don’t miss this opportunity to make Jam and Lemon Curd. Your taste buds will LOVE you!

Click here to register

Class time: 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Cost: $20

Check in begins at 9:30 am. Class begins at 10 am sharp.

Items to bring: Bring your own lunch.

Classes are held at the Robert J. Cabral Agricultural Center, 2101 E. Earhart Ave., Stockton, CA 95206 in the Calaveras Room.

Registration Deadline is February 13, 2017

Space is limited!

If you need assistance or accommodations, please contact the UCCE Master Food Preservers of the Northern San Joaquin Valley at 209-953-6100.

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POMEGRANATE Workshop - Master Food Preservers

POMEGRANATES... the fruit of Greek mythology, the main ingredient for Grenadine syrup, a wonderful addition to salads and soups and a fabulous tasting juice that can be a great jelly... can you say holiday gift?! 

Come learn the basics of water-bath canning and other methods of preserving pomegranates. We will demonstrate how to easily remove seeds, preserve them through freezing and use the seeds to extract the most juice possible

With that juice you will make a pomegranate jelly and have a jar to take home

Class time: 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Cost: $20

Click here to register

Check in begins at 9:30 am. Class begins at 10 am sharp.

Classes are held at the Robert J. Cabral Agricultural Center, 2101 E. Earhart Ave., Stockton, CA 95206 in the Calaveras Room.

Registration Deadline is November 17, 2016

For assistance call 209 • 953 • 6100

Space is limited!

If you need assistance or accommodations, please contact the UCCE Master Food Preservers of the Northern San Joaquin Valley at 209-953-6100.

 

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Olivetoberfest!

Olivetoberfest!
Saturday, October 22, 2016 10:00 am to 12:30pm

Price: $10.00 - Class size limited, don't miss out!

Click here to register

Learn to cure delicious olives according to the Mediterranean tradition. We will explore three different curing methods, utilizing both salt curing and lye curing processes. Appropriate for all skill levels.

Check in begins at 9:30 am. Class begins at 10 am sharp.

Classes are held at the Robert J. Cabral Agricultural Center, 2101 E. Earhart Ave., Stockton, CA 95206 in the Calaveras Room.

Registration Deadline is October 20 , 2016

For assistance call 209 • 953 • 6100

Space is limited!

 If you need assistance or accommodations, please contact the UCCE Master Food Preservers of the Northern San Joaquin Valley at 209-953-6100.

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Perfectly Pickled - Master Food Preserver Workshop

Don't Miss out!
Perfectly Pickled

Saturday, September 24, 2016 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Price: $25.00

You will be making & taking Vietnamese Pickled Daikon & Carrots and Pickled Peach Salsa

Click here to register

When you hear "pickles," what do you imagine? Probably those classic, crunchy dill pickles we all know and love. But there's so much more to the colorful world of pickling! Have an abundance of garden vegetables? Pickling your veggies help you enjoy your home-grown products throughout the year. 

Check in begins at 9:30 am. Class begins at 10 am sharp.

Classes are held at the Robert J. Cabral Agricultural Center, 2101 E. Earhart Ave., Stockton, CA 95206 in the Calaveras Room.

Registration Deadline is September 19, 2016

For assistance call 209 • 953 • 6100

Space is limited!

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Basics of Dehydrating Workshop

Third time's the charm! The workshop will be held on August 27th and the registration deadline is August 22. Sorry for all of the confusion!

Basics of Dehydrating Workshop

Saturday, August 27, 2016 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Price: $10.00

Click here to register

  • Trying to save money by preserving seasonal produce and herbs?
  • Want convenient and healthy snacks for your family?
  • Packing for a hike or road trip?
  • Planning ahead for homemade holiday gift ideas?
  • Want to be prepared for an emergency situation?

Having a dehydrator, and using it, can give you the opportunity to preserve fresh fruits and vegetables for use in the off season. Come join us for a demonstration on how to dehydrate.

Check in begins at 9:30 am. This is a demo only class.

Classes are held at the Robert J. Cabral Agricultural Center, 2101 E. Earhart Ave., Stockton, CA 95206 in the Calaveras Room.

Registration Deadline is August 22, 2016

For assistance call 209 • 953 • 6100

Space is limited!

 If you need assistance or accommodations, please contact the UCCE Master Food Preservers of the Northern San Joaquin Valley at 209-953-6100.

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Versatile Tomatoes - Master Food Preserver Workshop

VERSATILE TOMATOES

Tomato Sauce with Herbs & Tomato/Green Chile Salsa

Join the UCCE Northern San Joaquin Master Food Preservers as we celebrate one of the summer harvest’s best gifts – the tomato. Long ago tomatoes were called “apples of gold” and had been cultivated by the Aztec since 500 B.C. They love the heat in our Central Valley gardens. Learn to preserve their fragrance and flavor all year long by using safe, modern techniques.

Saturday, July 23, 2016 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Check in begins at 9:30 am. This is a hands-on class. You will be on your feet much of the time (though accommodations may be made with prior notice), so please wear comfortable, closed-toed shoes.

Price: $25.00 Includes two jars of tomato goodness to take home.

Classes are held at the Robert J. Cabral Agricultural Center, 2101 E. Earhart Ave., Stockton, CA 95206 in the Calaveras Room.

Registration Deadline is July 15, 2016

Click here to register

For assistance call 209 • 953 • 6100

Space is limited!

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Appetizing Apricots - Master Food Preserver June workshop

Appetizing Apricots:  

Mediterranean Chutney & Fresh Summer Jam! 

Join the UC Northern San Joaquin Master Food Preservers as we celebrate one of the Summer Harvest’s best gifts – the apricot. Once called “the seed of the sun” by the ancients, apricots lend themselves perfectly to Central Valley orchards, but for a short season. Learn to preserve their beauty, fragrance and flavor all year long by using safe, modern techniques which will include two recipes for you to take home! 

Saturday, June 25, 2016 10:00am to 2:00pm 

Check in begins at 9:30 am, class will begin promptly at 10:00 am and will end at 2:00 pm. 

Cost: $25.00 

Click here to register

Classes are held at the Robert J. Cabral Agricultural Center, 2101 E. Earhart Ave., Stockton, CA 95206 in the Calaveras Room. 

Space is limited! 

This is a hands-on class. You will be on your feet much of the time (though accommodations may be made with prior notice), so please wear comfortable, closed-toed shoes. 

Registration Deadline is June 17, 2016 

If you need assistance or accommodations, please contact the UCCE Master Food Preservers of the Northern San Joaquin Valley at 209-953-6100.

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Appetizing Apricots & Seasonal Tips

Appetizing Apricots:  Mediterranean Chutney & Fresh Summer Jam!

Join the Master Food Preservers of the Northern San Joaquin Valley as we celebrate one of the Summer Harvest’s best gifts – the apricot. Once called “the seed of the sun” by the ancients, apricots lend themselves perfectly to Central Valley orchards, but for a short season. Learn to preserve their beauty, fragrance and flavor all year long by using safe, modern techniques which will include two recipes for you to take home!

Saturday, June 25, 2016 10:00am to 2:00pm

Check in begins at 9:30 am, class will begin promptly at 10:00 am and will end at 2:00 pm.

Cost: $25.00

 

Classes are held at the Robert J. Cabral Agricultural Center, 2101 E. Earhart Ave., Stockton, CA 95206 in the Calaveras Room.

Space is limited!

This is a hands-on class. You will be on your feet much of the time (though accommodations may be made with prior notice), so please wear comfortable, closed-toed shoes.

Registration Deadline is June 17, 2016

If you need assistance or accommodations, please contact the UCCE Master Food Preservers of the Northern San Joaquin Valley at 209-953-6100.


 

Seasonal Tips

 

 


 

Upcoming Classes

A few upcoming classes to watch for!

6/20 - Appetizing Apricots

7/23 - Preserving Tomatoes

8/27 - Dehydrating

9/274 - Pickling

10/22 - Curing and Preserving Olives

11/19 - Preserving Pomegranates

 

Watch future newsle

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Cherries Jubilee - Master Food Preserver May Workshop

Cherries Jubilee: Enjoying the sweet harvest year round

 Cherries Jubilee - Learn how and what to do with one of the valley's fruit jewel. We will make a few items to take home and explore several other methods of preserving cherries. Let's celebrate San Joaquin valley cherries!

 
Saturday, May 21, 2016 10:00 am to 2:00pm

Check in begins at 9:30 am, class will begin promptly at
10:00 am and will end at 2:00 pm.

Cost: $25.00
You will make and take home two jars of product:

Cherry Marmalade and Black Forest Preserves

Space is limited!

This is a hands-on class. You will be on your feet much of the time (though accommodations may be made with prior notice), so please wear comfortable, closed-toed shoes.

Registration Deadline is May 13, 2016. If you need assistance or accommodations, please contact the UCCE Master Food Preservers of San Joaquin at 209-953-6100.

 

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April Workshop - Pressure Canning
Pressure Canning with Confidence
presented by the UC Northern San Joaquin Master Food Preservers
Learn how to safely pressure can, test your gauge, and pressure can meats and vegetables.

Saturday, April 16, 2016 10:00 am to 2:00pm

Check in begins at 9:30 am, class will begin promptly at
10:00 am and will end at 2:00 pm.

Cost: $25.00
You will make and take home two jars of product:
Chicken and split pea soup

Space is limited!

Click here to register

This is a hands-on canning class. You will be on your feet much of the time (though accommodations may be made with prior notice), so please wear comfortable, closed-toed shoes.

Registration Deadline is April 9, 2016. If you need assistance or accommodations, please contact the UCCE Master Food Preservers of San Joaquin at 209-953-6100

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March workshop - Fermentation

Fermented Favorites: Lacto-Fermented Condiments to Preserve the Season's Local Produce

Learn modern, research-base techniques for safely preparing ancient fermented recipes!

Sunday, March 13, 2016 2:00pm to 6:00pm

Check in begins at 1:30 pm, class will begin promptly at
2:00 pm and will end at 6:00 pm.

Click here to register

Space is limited!

Join us for this informative discussion and preparation of modern safety and ancient recipes. You will take home recipes, new skills / techniques and your own jars to watch the process in action as it ferments on your own kitchen counter. Class will conclude with a meal around the table for you to enjoy your new recipes and new friends! This class is an immersive, hands-on fermenting class. You will be on your feet much of the time (though accommodations may be made with prior notice), so please wear comfortable, closed-toed shoes.

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2016 Master Food Preserver Training!

Become a UC Master Food Preserver!

Are you interested in learning more about home food preservation? Do you enjoy learning and volunteering? The UC Master Food Preservers of Northern San Joaquin are accepting applications for their 2016 training that will begin in early January. Don't wait to sign up. Space is limited and the registration deadline is December 10th! Learn more about this program by visiting out website: http://ucanr.edu/sites/NSJMFP/

Cost: $200.00 (this will be collected after acceptance into the program. Please do not send any payment with your application.)

Dates and Time: Mondays: 1/4, 1/11, 1/25, 2/1, 2/8, 2/22, 2/29 Lecture only 6 to 8 pm
Saturdays: 1/9, 1/23, 2/6, 2/20, 2/27 Hands-on 8:30 to 4:00

Master Food Preserver Benefits

  • Contribute to your community. Every year UCCE Master Food Preservers contribute several thousand hours of volunteer service helping keep our community safe and healthy.
  • Enjoy working together with a great group of food enthusiasts.
  • Gain excellent knowledge about safely preserving

What do MFP Volunteers do?

  • Answer food preservation telephone and email inquiries.  
  • Work in the community as local food preservation specialists.
  • Staff information booths and present food preservation demonstrations at the local farmers' markets and other local events.
  • Write articles for local newspapers and the MFP eNewsletter or blog.
  • Teach classes on various food preservation topics.

UC Master Food Preservers are dedicated volunteers who are&

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Christmas in a Can

Want to learn how you can make unique holiday gifts?

Join the UC Northern San Joaquin Master Food Preservers for their Christmas in a Can workshop

Date: Saturday November 7th

Cost: This hands-on class and fundraiser is only $60.00 and includes lunch.

Time: 9AM – 5PM

You will also learn about Food Safety & Canning Basics

Click here to register

Space is limited!

10/14/15 Download
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Master Gardener Smart Gardening Conference with the Master Food Preservers

It's time to register for the 2015 Smart Gardening Conference. Master Food Preservers will have their own track of classes this year.

Don't Miss Out! This is a bi-annual event. Classes are filling up!

We are excited to have Janet Sluis, Horticulturalist/ Curator, Sunset Western Garden Collection as our keynote speaker.

Date: Saturday, September 26, 2015

Time: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Location: At the San Joaquin UC Master Gardener Office located at the Robert J. Cabral Agricultural Center   2101 E. Earhart Ave. Stockton, 95206

Light refreshments will be provided beginning at 8:00. Registration begins at 8:30.

Cost: Only $20.00!! Lunch is included

Spaces are limited so sign up now to get the classes you want.

Click here to register

 

 

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Tomatoes!! August Master Food Preserver Workshop. Space is filling up!

Only a few seats left! Don't miss out!

Tantalizing Tomatoes:
Love Apple* Jelly and Sexy Salsa

*Love Apple: old fashioned word for a tomato

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Registration is at 9:30. Class begins promptly at 10:00 am —2:00 pm

Cost:  $25 per person 

Space is limited! Click here to register  

Visit our website! Click here.

Location: San Joaquin County Cooperative Extension Robert J. Cabral Ag Center
2101 E. Earhart Avenue, Stockton CA. 95206
For more information call 209-953-6100.

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Colorful Pickles - July Workshop

Colorful Pickles

Join the UCCE Northern San Joaquin Master Food Preservers and come and learn how to pickle... not just cucumbers!

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Registration is at 9:30. Class begins promptly at 10:00 am —2:00 pm

Cost: $25 per person

Click here to register

Location: San Joaquin County Cooperative Extension Robert J. Cabral Ag Center

2101 E. Earhart Avenue, Stockton CA

7/8/15 Download
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Jams & Jellies -UC Master Food Preservers July Newsletter

Jams and Jellies

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