Food Preservation Boot Camp

Part I of Food Preservation Boot Camp Series: Drying & Freezing Morning Class Turn your garden or farmers market bounty into a ready-to-use pantry full of flavorful dried or frozen veggies, fruits and herbs. Get an overview of the best freezing and drying techniques. Fun and easy to process, compact dried and/or frozen food is […]

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Edible Flower Feast

Edible Flower Feast Experience a sensory feast as we explore the delectable world of edible flowers. Learn how to safely grow, harvest and use flowers for tasty and beautiful culinary creations. Discover how to candy flowers and herbs for elegant garnishes. Enjoy a luncheon of Herb Blossom Canapés, Chicken Curry Salad with Flower Confetti, Calendula […]

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Herbal Pantry

Wondering what to do with all those fragrant herbs languishing in your garden? Learn how to preserve your herbal harvest in elegant vinegars, herb butters, herb salts, sugars and seasoning blends, marinated cheeses, robust pestos and spicy salsas. Turn your daily fare into something special. Go home inspired with new ways to implement the healthy […]

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Lavender Fest, Cooking with Lavender

This class takes place during Lavender Festival. Learn how to use this aromatic herb in everything from desserts to cocktails, infused salts and sugars, vinegars and sauces. Discover how to keep your dishes from tasting like a bowl of potpourri. Take home a sample of Herbes de Provence seasoning blend to get you started and […]

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Backyard Bounty

This class is part of the Crested Butte Wildflower Festival Explore the treasure trove of wild herbs, medicinal plants and edible weeds common to backyards and weedy areas with clinical herbalist Susan Evans. Learn how to make a blood cleansing tea from red clover, a tasty salad from lamb’s quarters, stop bleeding with yarrow and […]

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Lavender Fest

This class takes place at the Crested Butte Wildflower Festival. Come and learn all the wonderful ways you can grow and use this beautiful, fragrant and easy to grow plant. You’ll make and take home Herbes de Provence seasoning blend, soothing lavender/calendula lip balm, conditioning herbal hair rinse, fragrant lavender sachets to scent drawers or […]

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Flower Pressing Arts

  This class is part of the Crested Butte Wildflower Festival, www.crestedbuttewildflowerfestival.com. Spend an enjoyable morning creating your own masterpieces with gorgeous pressed flowers from the garden. We’ll make beautiful bookmarks, cards and a dipped floral candle to take home. Discover the best flowers to grow and how to press for optimal color, durability and […]

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Stalking the Wild Edible, Workshop and Lunch

This class is part of the Crested Butted Wildflower Festival. Explore the fascinating world of wild edibles. We’ll start with an herb walk to identify common tasty plants. Learn how to make tasty teas, nutritious salads and delicious additions to pasta, veggies and side dishes. Discover how to locate, identify, harvest and prepare wild edibles […]

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Edible Flower Feast

This class is part of Crested Butte Wildflower Festival. Experience a sensory feast as we explore the delectable world of edible flowers. We’ll cover how to safely grow, harvest and use flowers for tasty and beautiful culinary creations. Learn how to candy flowers and herbs for elegant garnishes. Enjoy a lunch featuring herb blossom canapés, […]

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Farm to Fork – Enjoying Nature’s Bounty

* This class takes place at Denver Botanic Gardens’ Chatfield Farms at C-470 and Wadsworth * Join Susan Evans on the farm to learn how to utlize those abundant fresh veggies this summer. Class takes place on the rustic and historic Hildebrand Ranch property of Chatfield Farms where participants are surrounded the beautiful CSA fields, […]

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Gardens to Glass, Summer Drinks and Tapas Workshop

Learn how to make the most of your summertime libations. Participants learn to make refreshing aqua frescas, extraordinary elixirs, and sensational syrups made from fruits and herbs from the garden and summer markets. Design your own bitters to balance your cocktails and digestive system. Become your own mixologist and dazzle your family and guests with […]

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Herb of the Month – Basil – Ocimum sp.

Basil – Ocimum sp.

Basil, Ocimum basilicum, is an annual herb originally from India. Delicious with any cuisine it is usually affiliated with Italian cooking. There are dozens of different basil varieties, from citrus scented varieties to exotic flavors. They all grow easily in full sun with adequate water and do not tolerate cold temperatures.  The leaves are used […]

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