{fsc housekeeping} FSC Academy Holiday-Themed Classes!

First things first. I got a surprise on on Saturday morning when visitor after visitor to the FSC booth at the Troy Farmers Market, explained they visited due to an article in morning’s The Daily GazetteWhhhaaaaat?! Although I’ve know for quiet awhile the piece was coming out, I didn’t know it would be today. Surprise! So I left the booth unattended and ran to the nearest news stand and bought the one copy in stock.

While we can’t link to a nice glossy article link, I can link to a text-only version written by Joanne McFadden. Its an in-depth article as Joanne interviewed as many people involved with FSC from Caroline Corrigan, Educator Director at The Arts Center of the Capital Region to Monica, Market Manager of the Troy Farmers Market to Linda O’Malley, the Manager of the Oakwood Community Center to our many contributors, teachers and FSC Swappers. Happy Dance!


Another bit of great news –> we are happy to announce that Gluten-Free author, food allergy advocate, food blogger, podcaster & CIA graduate, Elizabeth Barbone, has joined not only FSC BLOG, first piece this coming week, but also the FSC Academy. Elizabeth will be teaching her newest class, Allergy-Friendly Holiday Sweet Treats w/ Elizabeth Barbone, twice for us in the coming weeks. November 1st at Brookside Museum & November 4th at Oakwood Community Center in Troy, NY (registration links below).

Class Description: Don’t let food allergies make the holiday season less sweet for you! Join cookbook author Elizabeth Barbone as she demonstrates allergy-friendly treats for the holidays. From quick no-bake candy to easy gluten-free cookies, this class covers how to create delicious treats that are perfect for gift giving. In addition, Elizabeth will also discuss how to create safe allergy treats if your home is not allergen-free. All recipes will be nut-free, peanut-free, and gluten-free. Dairy-free, soy-free and corn-free alternatives will be discussed. Elizabeth Barbone is the author of two books: Baking Gluten-Free and Cooking Gluten-Free: 150 Recipes that Really Work!

Registration for Thursday, November 1st, 6:30-9pm, Brookside Museum is here.

Registration for Sunday, November 4th, 1-3:30pm, Oakwood Community Center, 313 Tenth Street, Troy, is here.


– All classes are $48 (this price includes materials fee, take-home prepared in-class recipes, a FSC Goodie Bag w/ recipe book & $8 going to Brookside Museum)
– All classes start at 6:30pm and are 2.5 hours in length.
– Class minimum is 5 students. Class size limited to 9 students.
– Brookside Museum is located at 6 Charlton Street, Ballston Spa, NY 12020

November 1 Allergy-Friendly Holiday Sweet Treats w/ Elizabeth Barbone 
Don’t let food allergies make the holiday season less sweet for you! Join cookbook author Elizabeth Barbone as she demonstrates allergy-friendly treats for the holidays. From quick no-bake candy to easy gluten-free cookies, this class covers how to create delicious treats that are perfect for gift giving. In addition, Elizabeth will also discuss how to create safe allergy treats if your home is not allergen-free. All recipes will be nut-free, peanut free, and gluten-free. Dairy-free, soy-free and corn-free alternatives will be discussed. Elizabeth Barbone is the author of two books: Baking Gluten Free and Cooking Gluten-Free: 150 Recipes that Really Work!

November 8  Water-bath Canning for the Holidays: Chutneys, Sauces & Butters
Teachers: Christina Davis
Canning is not just for the summer! Waterbath canning is a tried and true method of preserving food year-round, and can be a great option for holiday gifts such as fruit butters, chutneys and various holiday-inspired sauces. The class provides an intensive up-close opportunity to learn the boiling water-bath canning process, while creating three recipes, the kitchen safety & food safety issues while also providing various holiday recipes for your Gift Repertoire. The participants will go home with a small jar of that day’s work, a booklet with corresponding recipes and an FSC goodie bag.

Teacher: Elissa Kane
Back by popular demand! We are running this class again due to the sold out nature of our October Class!
From kimchi to kombucha, fermented foods have been part of culinary traditions around the world for as long a humans have been storing food for the future. In this hands-on workshop, we’ll review the basics of pickling vegetables through the process of lacto-fermentation, connect with some great resources, taste some samples, and make our own fermented foods to take home. We’ll prepare two ferments, and depending on the seasonal abundance, we’ll make sauerkraut, kimchi, dilly beans, pickles, salsa or chutney with locally available ingredients when possible. All vegetables can be fermented. Find out how to get the most out of your garden, your farmer’s market and CSA.

November 29th Holiday Gifts: Edible Gifts
Teacher: Christina Davis
Interested in many simple, cost-effective and creative homemade food projects for holiday gifts but don’t know where to start? In this class, students will learn various projects and holiday gift themes, such as a hot chocolate gift sets, homemade mustard, small-batch home-roasted coffee, herbed butter, citrus salt, vanilla extract, and more! The class will also tackle one non-edible project, Spoon Butter. Spoon Butter is a conditioning treatment for your kitchen’s wooden cutting boards & utensils and makes a perfect gift! Participants will take home a small sampling of the completed projects and a booklet of recipes, presentation ideas and resources.

Teacher: Deanna Fox
This class will explore ways to clean house using all-natural methods and also receive instruction on how to choose natural kitchen ingredients to match a variety of hair and beauty needs. Students will learn about the powers of vinegar, baking soda, borax and lemon to clean a variety of household items. Various projects include an all-purpose cleaner, laundry detergent, body scrub and butter. All of these projects make great holiday gifts, so presentation and storage issues will be covered as well. Students will take home a small sample of each of the completed projects and also a detailed booklet with all the recipes, techniques and resource information.


Finally, don’t forget our latest FSC Podcast is out and its all about the Farmers Market Scene. Listen directly on the blog or on iTunes!


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