Jones Family Farm Summer Garden Cooking Classes

Once again this summer, Jones Family Farms located on 606 Walnut Tree Hill Road in Shelton is offering a series of summer garden cooking classes that begin on July 20 and run through August 24. The classes focus on farm fresh ingredients that are grown in the farm garden and highlight the preparation of easy, fresh-picked, healthy meals.

At the Kitchen Classroom, participants help the farm chef prepare the seasonal fruits and vegetables which are used in the evening’s recipes. Each summer class includes a “Harvest Tour” of the Kitchen Garden (weather permitting). The evening concludes with a relaxed sit-down supper accompanied by a glass of Jones wine, and an in-season fruit dessert prepared by their kitchen team. Eating together is their favorite way to honor and celebrate farmers and your time on the farm!

The Summer Series begins on July 20 with a Greek Inspired Idyll that includes a menu of Chickpea patties with tzaziki sauce, sautéed zucchini, Greek salad, and a yogurt parfait with honey strawberry sauce. The next class is just in time for prime berry season and is called You Can’t Beat Blueberries! The menu of this class held on July 27 will include: Frittatas with ricotta & blueberry chutney, shaved beets with orange, green salad with seasonal fruit & blueberry vinaigrette, and end with a scrumptious summer blueberry pie.

Jones Family Farms is offering three cooking classes in August. The first, on August 10 is called the “New” All American Cookout and will include: Black bean burger with homemade summer salsa, green bean & potato salad, roasted sweet corn, fresh coleslaw, and Elisabeth Jones’ double good blueberry pie. Get ready to head to the southwest on August 17 when the class will feature a Santa Fe Fiesta. This menu includes: Corn soup with adobo swirl, Santa Fe enchiladas with red & green chili salsa, southwest salad, and ground cherry squares. The final summer class takes place on August 24 and the theme is a Provencal Picnic that includes the following items on the menu: Ratatouille tart, French potato salad, herb salad with artichoke hearts, fresh garden carrots, and an artesian cheese plate.

The cost for each class is $70/person and all classes taught on Thursdays, 6:30-8:30pm. To sign up for a monthly newsletter on things to do and see, special events and travel tips in Litchfield Hills and Fairfield County visit www.litchfieldhills.com or www.visitfairfieldcountyct.com

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