SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ - Did you have an especially good harvest from your home garden this year? If you want to get the most out of your fruits and vegetables, or share your food with family and friends all year round, join the Master Gardeners of Middlesex County in a workshop to learn the art of home canning. 

This free demonstration is scheduled for 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug.16 at the EARTH Center located in Davidson’s Mill Pond Park, 42 Riva Ave., South Brunswick.

Join us to learn the basics of this time-honored method to preserve the season’s fruits and vegetables. All participants must pre-register for the demonstration by Aug. 11. No “walk-ins” are permitted.

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“Home canning is a popular way to preserve and enjoy your homegrown fruits and vegetables,” said Freeholder Director Ronald G. Rios. “It also ensures that you can eat healthy year-round.”

“Canning is a fun, inexpensive and eco-friendly,” said Freeholder Kenneth Armwood, Chair of the Business Development and Education Committee. “And the jars are reusable, which is even better for the environment.”

Weather permitting the program will include a brief tour of the Master Gardener's extensive vegetable demonstration garden and a discussion of their best gardening practices.

For information on this program or the Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County call 732-398-5262 or visit www.middlesexcountynj.gov and search “extension.”