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Speaking of Green Presents:
Introduction to Preserving & Food Swapping
with Emily Paster
Sunday, February 26, 10:30-Noon

Do you love to cook or bake? Do you have a vegetable garden that produces more zucchini or tomatoes than your family can eat? Are you interested in meeting people in your community who share your interest in good food? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you’ll find great reward in participating in a food swap.

food swapFood swaps bring together cooks, bakers, canners, gardeners and foragers to trade homemade and homegrown foods. No money changes hands and all the participants are individuals trading items that they made or grew themselves. Along the way, you forge new friendships and trade inspiration. Oak Park Temple member Emily Paster isa leading expert in the national food swap movement having founded the Chicago Food Swap in 2001.

Join us Sunday, February 26, from 10:30 to noon to learn about how a food swap works and how to preserve the harvest with food blogger and cookbook author Emily Paster.

In this interactive presentation, Emily will cover five ways to preserve your garden harvest from canning to freezing to drying and root-cellaring. Emily will offer an in-depth description of water-bath canning, a versatile and accessible method of home food preservation suitable for many common fruits and vegetables grown in home and community gardens. You will also walk away with Emily’s “Freezer Cheat Sheet” which demystifies the process and benefits of freezing local and home-grown fruits and vegetables as well as an overview of safe water-bath canning procedures and helpful resources.

Emily will then share how food swaps work and how to start one up in our community. Food swaps as well as farmers markets enable food to be consumed locally when it is at it’s freshest.

Food swaps and farmers markets are both examples of activities in local food systems which provide alternatives to sourcing food from supermarkets and the industrial food system. Not only can these outlets provide access to cost effective fresh food, they can also help reduce the environmental impact of large scale high input / energy food production involving long supply chains.

A lawyer by training, Emily Paster launched a second career in food writing and social media when she started her website West of the Loop, which was named a Top Mommy Blog by Time Out Chicago Kids and a “Family Food Blog to Savor” by Red Tricycle. Emily’s first book, Food Swap: Specialty Recipes for Bartering, Sharing and Giving, a cookbook and guide on how to join the food swap movement came out in May of 2016. Her second book, entitled The Joys of Jewish Preserving: Modern Recipes with Traditional Roots, for Jams, Pickles, Fruit Butters, and More, will be released in spring 2017.

This Speaking of Green event is free and open to the community. No RSVP is required. If you have any questions or are interested in learning more about Green Chaverim programs and initiatives, please contact Judy Klem at judy.klem@gmail.com.

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