Celebrate National Canning Day

Summer is finally here, well it seems like it should be some days! Lately my coastal-area seems to be still stuck in spring with lots of windy, rainy days. Not always good for gardening, but most times it means a later harvest, if we can hold off early frosts. Everyone loves summer for the farm-fresh produce from the farmers markets and the taste of a warm just-picked tomato from the vine, sweet corn on the cob, and juicy watermelon.

We all spend the winter daydreaming about all those yummy summer foods that are nowhere to be found. So, this year why not save some of those all time favorites and give yourself the opportunity to savor their tastes throughout the winter while also saving yourself some money too by canning!

Sunday, July 14th is National Canning Day! I love the summers just for canning all those fresh fruits and veggies, most my family and I will pick throughout the seasons as they change, as long as I can get to them before they eat them all, we’re stocked for the winter!! There’s nothing better than a cold winter day and using your canned tomatoes for homemade vegetable soup, chili, or your own pasta sauce. Or those cold Sunday morning days, when all you want is a small taste of summer you can go to the pantry and pull out a jar of peach marmalade or strawberry jam! (I always give some away too!) 🙂

Now’s the time to run out to those you-pick farms and local farmers markets to stock up on blueberries, blackberries, peaches, plums, tomatoes, okra, cucumbers, asparagus, green beans, peppers, onions, and carrots. The list is endless! Make sure to stock up on ball jars and lids to (they tend to sell out-even at Walmart) towards the end of July! I love
using the vintage ones because they are so pretty but hard to find sometimes! (Just make sure you sterilize them really well first!!)

Grow your own, pick your own, can your own! Know where you’re food comes from, how it’s processed, and have the freshest ingredients you can all year round. So throw a canning party this weekend, bring a friend over, grab the kids, or just hide in the kitchen alone. You’ll be so happy this winter you did! For lots of recipes visit www.canningacrossamerica.com

Celebrate big on Sunday! I know I will be canning peaches and blueberries to start! Happy Canning!! (My tomatoes from last year-still have 2 left!!)


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Kelly Roberts is a Healthy Living Advocate. She is the owner and CEO of Beach Pilates and Wellness and Farm Foodie Fitness. She is a Certified Holistic Health Coach and received her training from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition in New York City. Fueled by passion, she founded her holistic health practice, Farm Foodie Fitness. She educates and teaches her clients and the community the life changing benefits of nutrition and living a healthy lifestyle. Her practice consists of corporate and private clients from all across the country. Kelly is also the owner of Pilates on the Beach in Ocean City, Maryland and Bethany Beach, Delaware. She offers classes out on the beach for locals and visitors from May to September. She is a Certified Pilates instructor by world renowned Body Arts and Science International. BASI Pilates ®. For the past ten years, she has specialized in Pre and Post-Natal, athletes, rehabilitation, and clients with chronic illness. Kelly also offers private one-on-one sessions, as well as semi-private sessions. Kelly first discovered Pilates twelve years ago after a serious car accident left her with debilitating back and neck pain. She incorporates the Pilates method into her teaching and daily practice to maintain movement, a healthy lifestyle, and to live pain free. Kelly holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Salisbury University with a concentration in Mass Media. Her passion for nutrition and food lead her to Alissa Cohen, where she studied to become a Certified Raw Chef. She enjoys incorporating raw foods into her diet and sharing her knowledge with her clients, friends, and family. She offers private and group cooking classes, food demos, and has also been a private chef to a number of families. Also a Certified Master Gardener, she understands the importance of fresh, local foods, and knowing where your food comes from. Kelly offers gardening knowledge, advice, and hands on training through community gardens. She also teaches elementary children the benefits of nutrition and how growing your own food through edible school yards. Kelly is also a published author; her fiction novel, "The Road to Chianti" and her summer and winter cookbooks, "Farm Foodie Fitness Homegrown.” She has been featured in Mind Body Green, Charleston Home Magazine, and many other publications. Kelly recently released her first fitness DVD "Beach Pilates and Wellness, Pilates Mat Workout." She also has a successful health, nutrition, fitness, and organic gardening blog. Make sure to check it out! www.farmfoodieandfitness.com. When Kelly is not running businesses she's chasing her two little ones. Contact Kelly to book seminars, demonstrations, book signings, or speaking engagements.

8 thoughts on “Celebrate National Canning Day

  1. I just so happen to be canning some dilly beans tomorrow. I love it when things work out like that! Thanks for the heads up. Happy to find another local food blogger!

  2. I have never really learned to can and it is something I really think I missed out on…maybe some day I’ll just jump in. 🙂 Your cookbook arrived, and I love it! Thank you. We leave for a week at the beach in just a few days and I’m taking it with me. There will be six adults and two children, and if nothing else, the smoothies will come in handy. 🙂

    • I love it! It can be time consuming but believe me in those winter months when you open you’re own tomatoes or preserves its well worth the extra work!! Glad you love the cookbook! Let me know how the smoothies go over. Kids love the other things too! Make homemade pizzas with them I did it last fall on the blog. Putting it my fall/winter book. Excited for your trip!! Thank you for all your support! Have a great vaca!!

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