JUNE 25, 2014 --The Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County is hosting a workshop on how to take all excess herbs left at the end of the gardening season, and make flavored vinegars and oils. 

Preserving Your Herb Harvest is scheduled for 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 19 at the EARTH Center located in Davidson’s Mill Pond Park, 42 Riva Ave., South Brunswick.

Herb infused vinegars, made inexpensively at home, can be used to bring a taste of summer to meals all year long and also make great gifts for family and friends. This workshop will be presented by Master Gardener Linda Klink. Attendees should bring their own mason jar (or something comparable) filled with white vinegar or olive oil.

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 Included in this workshop also will be a tour of the “Circle of Thyme” Herb Garden, a 13-bed hard-scaped garden with plants that follow whimsical themes in each garden bed.

 To register, call 732-398-5262. This program is free of charge, but registration in required by July 16. The size of the class will be limited, so register early to ensure a space

 “Cooking with flavored oils and vinegars is a fun and easy way to infuse flavors into dishes,” said Freeholder Kenneth Armwood, Chair of the County’s Business Development and Education Committee. “I encourage residents to attend this informative workshop.” 

 “The EARTH Center offers a host of environmental services to the County,” said Freeholder Director Ronald G. Rios. “Here, residents don’t only learn about conservation techniques and greener approaches to gardening, but can also purchase soil test kits, pesticide application test manuals, or submit pest and disease samples for evaluation.”  

 The County’s Extension Office is part of a nationwide network that brings the research of the State land-grant universities to local people. Rutgers Cooperative Extension offices throughout New Jersey are cooperatively funded by the County Board of Chosen Freeholders, Rutgers University-New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Visitors can also find out more about the Center and its events by calling 732-398-5262.

Rutgers Cooperative Extension educational programs are offered to all without regard to race, religion, color, age, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, or disability.