Classes

Wednesday, 12.08.21 – Healthy and Homecooked with Julie Meola

Julie Meola, a celebrated cook and caterer in San Diego (but from Ashtabula) will demonstrate some delicious and healthy options for this winter season focusing on locally produced cheese and garden vegetables. Smells and tastes so goooooood!

This is an in-person event with very limited seating. Covid guidelines will be followed to ensure a safe environment for all.

First up: tomato bisque shooters with toasted cheese sammie bites!

Class is $25.00 Register here

Wednesday, 11.10.21 – Holiday Cheer from the Farm – Appetizers with Julie Meola

Come and be inspired – just in time for holiday prep and a moment to indulge your own epicurean inquisitiveness! Julie Meola will be demonstrating the beauty and bounty of autumn with a focus on maple syrup – in collaboration with Bissell Farm. Tasty and timely.

Some items to be demonstrated: roasted brussel sprouts with a maple vinaigrette, butternut squash bruschetta with maple pecan chutney…and more!

This event will be limited to eight guests. Get your tickets here: https://square.link/u/F1eea4BC

Harbor Gardens is a demonstration kitchen in Ashtabula Harbor. Folks come to enjoy, learn a new skill or technique or just try something different. Our focus is on local food… where tasting, of course, is included!

Julie Meola is an Ashtabula native who has been serving up culinary delights for several decades in San Diego, California. We are excited to have her share some of her knowledge, know-how and passion for local food!

From Barbara’s Tree

Previous Classes:


Friday, 8.20.21 – Sweet Heat A world tour of cooking and preserving chili peppers grown locally in an urban food forest. Ashtabula, translated loosely from Native Americans, means enough fish for all. In this class – we share peppers! Learn the origin and history of chili peppers, the science behind the nutrition and health benefits and see several cooking and preservation techniques: blistering, pickling, drying and hot saucing. Sample tasty morsels and take home a pepper ristra (dried pepper arrangement). $25.00 per person. Register here for this limited-to-8 class.


Thursday, August 19th – 7pm – in the kitchen with Nancy Grotton of UPScale Eats in Hartsgrove. This will be an Ashtabula Grows! presentation, free, and on Zoom. Register here.

Dehydration techniques with Nancy

Thursday, August 26th – fermenting with Rose Geronimo at Harbor Gardens, in person 6pm. Rose will teach us how to make kefir! This will be an Ashtabula Grows! production, in-person, free and at Harbor Gardens. Register here.


Will Reschedule This Class – Thursday, September 16th – canning with Cathy Westcott of Hospice of the Western Reserve at Harbor Gardens, an Ashtabula Grows! presentation, in person, 6pm and free! Register here.


Thursday, September 23rd – Garden Tour with Rose Geronimo in Cherry Valley! (she mentioned a hay ride, too) 6pm, Ashtabula Grows! garden tour – last of the season, 6pm, in-person, Cherry Valley. Register here.


Saturday, Sept 18 at 6pm – Sweet Heat – Chili Pepper Tour. Learn the origin and history of chili peppers, the science behind the nutrition and health benefits and see several cooking and preservation techniques: blistering, pickling, drying and hot saucing. Sample tasty morsels and take home a pepper ristra (dried pepper arrangement). This experience will be limited to 8 and will be hosted in the Ashtabula Harbor district a few blocks away from our urban farm/garden. Register and pay here. $25.00


Sunday, Sept 18 from 11 – 2pm – Open House at Harbor Gardens with Old Timey Music Jam. Register here – this is a free event…stop in after visiting the Ashtabula Farmer’s Market!


Friday, Sept 24 at 6pm – Cooking with Herbs with local chef, Nancy Gottron. Want to learn how to enhance everything you eat? Add fresh herbs! Nancy will be giving us a demonstration, we will have an opportunity to taste test and take home an herb blend! Register and pay here. $25.00


Mondays, once-a-month Meatless Mondays, Sept 27 at 6pm – free event – learn how to substitute with another protein. We will have a cooking demonstration followed by a potluck event – bring something to share! Register Here. This is a free event and in collaboration with Pastor John Werner!


Wednesday, Oct 6th at 6pm – Making Kombucha with Gallo. Take home a mother! Register and pay here. $20.00 (starter kits; which include a one-gallon glass jar, lid, cloth, rubber band, will be available – please bring $10.00 to class. Otherwise, bring your own glass jar!).


Tuesday, Oct 12th at 6pm – Autumn Squash with local chef, Nancy Gottron – just in time for fall harvest. This will be a blast – so many delicious options – and such a bounty! Register and pay here. $25.00. Go home with a plenty of inspiration, ideas and a full belly!

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