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Cooking with Local Produce and Canning Tomatoes at the PA Farm Show

Today, Friday January 16, 2015 we will have two demonstrations at the Family Living Stage at the PA Farm Show.

First up is Buy Fresh Buy Local, a subsidiary of PASA. They will talk about how to find, choose and appreciate great local foods, and support the farmers and lands, which produce them. Sean Arnold, from the Healthy World Café,  will join this presentation and demonstrate how to incorporate local produce into your meals at the Family Living Stage.

Sean Arnold is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America and currently obtaining his Master’s of Science in Sustainable Food Systems from Green Mountain College. Sean is a food service leader with more than 15 years experience driving teams to success while promoting sustainable and environmentally-conscious initiatives. Sean is currently the Executive Chef for Underground West, a personal and private event company serving South Central Pennsylvania and Central Maryland. For the last several years, Sean and a team of volunteers have been working tirelessly to develop the Healthy World Café. The Healthy World Café is a not-for-profit community café dedicated to simultaneously providing affordable meals while promoting locally sourced foods.

Sean looks forward to continuing his passion of learning, and to educate others on the importance of local sustainable food. Please join him at the Family Living Stage today as he demonstrates how to make Potato Leek Soup, & Smashed Squash and Maple Syrup.

Family Living Stage 12-1 pm: Potato Leek Soup, and Smashed Squash with Maple Syrup with Sean Arnold.


Next up is a tomato canning demonstration by Nancy Wiker, Senior Extension Educator for Lancaster County Penn State Cooperative NancyWiker.Extension. Nancy is a certified ServSafe instructor, and serves on the food safety team with Penn State Extension.  She is the state co-chair of the StrongWomen/Growing Stronger program team, which provides nutrition and strength training classes in many counties in Pennsylvania. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree and a Master’s Degree in Extension Education from Penn State University.

Nancy will teach us everything we need to know about preserving tomatoes with the Let’s Preserve Basics of Home Canning publication from Penn State Extension. She will demonstrate how to can crushed tomatoes from Penn State Extension’s Let’s Preserve Tomatoes publication. You can see her demonstration at the Family Living stage. After the demo, stop by the Penn State Cooperative Extension booth at the Farm Show, they have a lot of great resources on canning.

Family Living Stage 1-2 pm: Canning tomatoes demonstration by Nancy Wiker.

In addition to the demonstrations at the Family Living Stage we encourage you to visit Fillmore Container’s Preservation Station on the Main Floor in the Family Living area of the Pennsylvania Farm Show. You can find us here.

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