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December 16, 2015 Canning, Events, News, What's New

PA Farm Show 2016 Schedule

We are so excited to tell you about our plans for the 2016 Pennsylvania Farm Show! Last year was such a great success, and we were pleased to see so many of you come visit us!

Fillmore Container’s Preservation Station will be on the Main Floor in the Family Living area of the Pennsylvania Farm Show at the PA Farm Show Complex & Expo Center in Harrisburg, PA, January 9 – 16, 2016.  (Farm Show Map)FillmoreBooth at PA Farm Show2

This year the PA Farm Show is celebrating 100 years! We have some great presenters joining us again. You can expect helpful demonstrations about water bath canning, fermenting, and pressure canning. In addition to demos at our Preservation Station, many of our presenters will also be presenting at the Family Living Stage.

Fillmore Container’s PA Farm Show Schedule

Saturday, January 9

Lisa Reinhart, of Fillmore Container, will be talking all about pear preserves on Saturday 1/9. Stop by the booth for demos of Pear Vanilla Jam (from Food in Jars), Pear Ginger Jam (from Preserving with Pomona’s Pectin), Pear Pineapple Marmalade (from The Joy of Jams, Jellies and other Sweet Preserves).

10:00am Pear Vanilla Jam
1:00pm Pear Ginger Jam
5:00pm Pear Pineapple Marmalade

Sunday, January 10

On Sunday Lisa Reinhart, of Fillmore Container, will start of with a demo of Pear Cranberry Jam (from Preserving with Pomona’s Pectin). Throughout the rest of the day Lisa’s demos will explore other unique preserves including Mulled Cider (from Food in Jars), and Lavender Jelly (from Preserving with Pomona’s Pectin). A big thanks to Hope Hill Lavender Farm for providing culinary lavender buds for our Lavender Jelly demo.  We were so excited to find a local PA Preferred lavender source, we had to share it with you too.

10:30am Pear Cranberry Jam
1:00pm Mulled Cider
5:00pm Lavender Jelly


Monday, January 11

Marisa McClellan, a food writer, canning teacher, and dedicated farmers market shopper who lives in Center City Philadelphia, is joining us at the PA Farm Show, January 11 & 12. Marisa is the author of Food in Jars: Preserving in Small Batches Year-Round and Preserving by the Pint: Quick Seasonal Canning for Small Spaces. She will share a conserve, mostrada, and jam recipe.

1:30 Pear Ginger Conserve from Food in Jars
3:00pm Winter Fruit Mostarda from Preserving by the Pint
6:00pm Honey Sweetened Pear Vanilla Jam from Naturally Sweet Food in Jars

Tuesday, January 12

Marisa will join us again on Tuesday to continue to talk about basic water bath canning tips and how to reduce the use of sugar by using other sweeteners. Marisa’s third book, called Naturally Sweet Food in Jars, will be published on March 22, 2016. It features 100 recipes sweetened with honey, maple, agave, coconut sugar, dried fruits, and fruit juice concentrates. Lisa Reinhart will close the day by making some Caramelized Red Onion Relish from Marisa’s first book, Food in Jars.

10:00am Winter Fruit Mostarda from Preserving by the Pint
1-2pm Honey Sweetened Pear Vanilla Jam from Naturally Sweet Food in Jars @ Family Living Stage
3:00pm Spicy Pickled Cauliflower from Preserving by the Pint
6:30pm Caramelized Red Onion Relish from Food in Jars

January 13

Pressure Canning

Richard Kralj, M.Ed, RDN, LDN a Food Safety & Quality-Senior Extension Educator with Penn State Cooperative Extension will teach the basics of pressure canning, including meats. See his main stage demo on 1/13 at 1oam.


Amanda Feifer is the fermentation educator behind the blog and book Ferment Your Vegetables. She teaches classes on topics ranging from hot sauce and miso to sauerkraut and kombucha. Her demos at the PA Farm Show will explore popular fermentation topics including, kefir, kombucha, pickling and more.

10 -11am Pressure Canning with Penn State Cooperative Extension @ Family Living Stage
1:30pm Probiotic Pickled Vegetables
3:00pm Kombucha
6:00pm Fun with Sauerkraut

January 14

Amanda Feifer, the fermentation educator and author of Ferment Your Vegetables, will kick off the day at the Family Living Main Stage. Amanda will continue fermentation demos throughout the day at Fillmore Container’s booth. Lisa Reinhart will close out the day with Apple Maple Jam from Preserving with Pomona’s Pectin.

10-11am Beet kvass@ Family Living Stage
1:30pm Fun with Sauerkraut
3:00pm Yogurt and Kefir
4:00pm Pickled Vegetables
6:00pm Apple Maple Jam

January 15

Join Lisa Reinhart, of Fillmore Container, for some crockpot preserves including, Apple Butter and Pear Butter.

January 16

Our last two demos of the show will be Rosemary Apple Jam and Pear Vanilla Jam from Food in Jars. Stop by our both in the morning, to catch these demos.

Do you have a request of a preservation questions you’d like to have answered, leave a comment on this post or post to our Facebook Page with the hashtag #AskFillmoreContainer.


We will offer some fun giveaways all week long. In fact we started one giveaway already! Win a copy of Ferment Your Vegetables and a Fermenting Kit here and a Canning Kit here.  Visit our Facebook Page, Twitter and blog, or stop by our booth for your chance to win a variety of giveaways all week long.

We’ll continue to post updates about the schedule of presenters as well as send email announcements about our scheduled events (and giveaways) throughout the week of the show. If you haven’t signed up for our emails, now’s the time.  *Please note all scheduled demos are subject to change without notice.

We hope to see you at the PA Farm Show!


Post a Comment

  1. Nickolina Posted January 7, 2016 at 12:07 am | Permalink

    I want to learn more about fermenting and actually do it this year.

  2. Vickie Posted January 8, 2016 at 5:59 am | Permalink

    Want to know more about canning using less sugar.

  3. Earthangel Posted January 9, 2016 at 10:01 am | Permalink

    I have made sauerkraut for years, but want to learn to ferment more veggies!

  4. Nerissa Posted January 9, 2016 at 10:54 pm | Permalink

    Can’t wait to learn about fermenting veggies!