Penn Yan youths learn about preserving summer flavors

Staff Writer
The Chronicle Express
Youngsters who participated in the Wild & Healthy Camp at Penn Yan Elementary School this summer harvested herbs from the garden.

The garden at Penn Yan Elementary School, like other gardens in the area this summer, is producing amazing fresh vegetables, fruits, and herbs. On the last day the Wild & Healthy group met this summer, they picked fresh herbs to use in flavored vinegars with Cornell Cooperative Extension Educator Caroline Boutard-Hunt.

This fall, students will harvest the bounty and create salsas and sauces that can be used at a special spaghetti dinner planned for November.

Funds for the garden and a fully equipped cooking cart were provided by a grant program through Tops Markets. Students will be able to experience the flavors of the real foods they have grown and harvested themselves, explains Lizbeth Rasmussen, Yates County Extended School Day Program Director.