• It’s time to … harvest and store your potatoes, and to plant garlic

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Your Sitka Local Foods Network reminds you that it’s time to get out in the garden and harvest and store your potatoes.

The Sitka Local Foods Network education committee encourages people to come and get their hands dirty as you learn how to harvest potatoes. Participants will also learn what they need to do to keep those potatoes fresh and ready to eat from now until May.

Michelle Putz will present three short hands-on potato harvesting and storage workshops at 9 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 8, at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 15, and at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 25, all at her home at 131 Shelikof Way. The classes are free and open to everyone.

In addition, she will lead a short class on planting garlic at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 25, just before her third potato-harvesting class. Garlic is best planted in the fall.

The Sitka Local Foods Network education committee has been hosting a series of “It’s time to …” workshops this year designed to help local residents learn about various aspects of vegetable gardening and fruit growing. Many of these classes will be informal get-togethers at various gardens around town. Please watch our website, Facebook pageFacebook group, and local news media for information about upcoming classes. If you have an “It’s time to …” workshop you’d like to teach, contact Michelle Putz at 747-2708.

• Sitka Kitch to offer ‘Cooking From Scratch’ series of classes

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kitch_logo_mainEver wanted to learn how to cook more and better food for less money?
Join us for a Cooking from Scratch series of cooking classes at the Sitka Kitch community rental commercial kitchen, which is located in the First Presbyterian Church (505 Sawmill Creek Road).
The series will kick off with Beans 101 taught by Lisa Sadleir-Hart, MPH, RDN, CHES, who loves the versatility of legumes at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 19.
“Beans are a terrific source of low cost protein plus loaded with vitamins, minerals and fiber,” Sadleir-Hart said. “Using them regularly not only helps you control your food budget but also improves your health.”
The second Sitka Kitch Cooking from Scratch class is at 6 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 2, and will focus on basic whole-grain breads (registration link) using the Tassajara bread technique. It also will be taught by Lisa Sadleir-Hart.
The third Cooking from Scratch class will focus on gluten-free holiday baking and will be taught at 6 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 16, by Bridget Kauffman, an extraordinary gluten-free baker in Sitka.
The final class in the fall series will focus on how to make yogurt using nonfat dried milk. It will be offered at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 7, and it will be taught by Lisa Sadleir-Hart.
The Cooking from Scratch series goal is to teach basic cooking skills using high-quality ingredients, and to help Sitkans take back their kitchens and reduce their food budgets. Interested individuals can register at https://sitkakitch.eventsmart.com/ (click on the event title to register, and pay when you attend the class). We need at least six students registered for each class to guarantee they happen.
Class size is limited so register early. The cost is $20 per class, plus a food fee that will be divided among registered participants. For more information about the class series, call Lisa Sadleir-Hart at 747-5985.