>It’s almost fair season. Come celebrate garden bounty, handiwork, talent and foods you may not have tried the rest of the year.
Visit with Extension at these fairs:
- Southeast Alaska State Fair, July 31–Aug 3
- Tanana Valley State Fair, Aug. 1–9
- Kenai Peninsula Fair, Aug. 15–17
- Alaska State Fair, Aug. 21–Sept. 1
If you would like to exhibit preserved foods at a fair or need help judging a fair, see our Attractive and Safe Food Preservation Exhibits publication.
>Look to Extension for help preserving your fish this summer. We offer online canning lessons, DVDs and free publications on canning, freezing and smoking fish on our website. District offices in Fairbanks, Anchorage, Kenai, Bethel, Palmer, Sitka and Juneau will also test pressure canner gauges for free to ensure they are adjusted correctly.
>Got more questions? You can Ask an Expert online or call our toll-free line, 1-800-520-5211, to reach one of our agents.
>Aug. 7 is Alaska Agriculture Appreciation Day at the Matanuska Experiment Farm. The public is invited to activities from noon to 5 p.m., including a sheep-to-shawl demonstration, hay wagon rides and other kids’ activities, presentations and exhibitors. And see Extension’s new offices at the farm.
>Save the date: The Anchorage district office will celebrate Extension’s 100-year history with Centennial Week Aug. 11–16. Topics for special classes include Alaska’s wild berries, geotourism, survival sewing, fall tree care, invasive garden flowers and more. Details will be available here soon.
>July is National Blueberry Month. Alaska Blueberries may not be ripe quite yet, but be prepared for blueberry season with our publication, Alaska blueberries. Included is information on nutrition and health, selection, cleaning and storage, juice extraction, preparation as well as recipes.
>Mat-Su District Office agent Julie Cascio is giving a number of food preservation workshops in Wasilla and Talkeetna in late July and early August. For more information, call 907-745-3360 or view the fliers for Wasilla and Talkeetna.