Canning Workshops With Fresh City Farms

Canning and Preserving Workshop

Are you looking for a way to preserve all that local, seasonal goodness you’re enjoying right now? Join me for one of the canning workshops I’ll be leading, sponsored by Fresh City Farms.

If you don’t already know about them, Fresh City is an amazing organization, working to “create and perfect new ways to connect food makers and eaters.” They are an innovative and entrepreneurial group of individuals.  Here’s a short quote from their website:

Fresh City strives to play a role in challenging the status quo. We want to re-connect people with the rhythm of farming by re-introducing it to their daily lives. For most of us today, farming is an invisible activity.  Many of us have lost all contact with the very activity that 10,000 years ago set our species off on our present course. By cultivating delicious food right around your corner and partnering with other quality local artisans, we aim to provide you with a food experience that respects our bodies, our planet and our shared tomorrow. 

I’m so delighted to be partnering with this wonderful organization again.  I’ll be leading a series of introductory canning workshops to help introduce you to this age old method of “putting up” the seasonal bounty of delicious produce we’re enjoying right now.

The workshops are 1.5 hours long and workshop participants get a 3-piece canning kit as well as a starter recipe booklet. Workshops are held at two convenient downtown locations including Merchants of Green Coffee (2 Matilda St., Queen/DVP) and Patagonia (500 King St. W., King/Spadina).

In each workshop I’ll cover the basic principles of canning, address health and safety issues, and do a detailed demonstration of a seasonal canning recipe. I’ll then introduce a couple of other recipes to round out the workshop. All workshops will feature the localest, freshest organic produce available through Fresh City Farms of course!

This is the perfect event for you if you’re a novice to the world of canning and preserving, or if a bumper zucchini crop is looming in your garden! You’ll be amazed at how simple it is to preserve the beauty and goodness of the harvest yourself.

I hope to see you at one of the workshops.  Leave a comment below and let me know if you’re coming!




  1. FoodieWannaBe

    Where can I find a schedule? How do you register for a class?

    • Hi and thanks for asking. These workshops are currently being promoted by Go to that site to view and purchase a voucher for a workshop. Once the Groupon deal has closed, there will be a link to a registration form on the Fresh City Farms website. Hope that helps!

  2. Hello,

    Would you be able to send me/post the link for where you register once it becomes available?

    So excited to try out canning!

    • Hi Jenna,
      Thanks for your interest in the workshops! I’m excited to be sharing my knowledge and helping so many people learn how to preserve wonderful fresh food! I believe you can register on the Fresh City Farms website beginning on August 16. There should be a link with registration details posted there at that time.

      I hope that helps. Looking forward to meeting you at one of the workshops!


  3. Went to your workshop today – loved it! Thanks so much. I’ll be sure to send pics from our first canning session and will blog about it when we do.
    Thanks so much for today, really loved it and loved how safe and simple the process can be.

  4. Great new ideas for canning – well beyond just tomatoes.
    Thank you

  5. Great canning course this fall ! Thanks a ton for sharing all your tips with us ! I am looking for some decorative, fancy canning jars to use here for the upcoming holidays season – do you happen to know of any retailers here in Toronto ? Or any other sources – online, too as long as I don’t incur cross border shipping charges……….Thanks, Karen

    • Thanks Karen! I’ve been trying to find jars recently as well. I’m offering some hands-on workshops this week and next week. I’ve found that the jars aren’t as available as they were in the late fall. Canadian Tire and Loblaws have had the biggest canning displays, and they have some of the Bernardin basic decorative jars. As for really fancy ones, they’re a lot harder to find right now. Check out Wal Mart or Home Hardware. Hope that helps! Send me some pictures of what you can!


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