June is Strawberry Month in southern Seneca County and two Cooperative Extension events will highlight this great fruit.

First, stop by the Seneca County CCE Tent (next to the entertainment pavilion) at the Ovid Strawberry Festival on June 15 between 9:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. and pick up some strawberry tips from one of Cooperative Extension’s Master Food Preservers. Teresa Gable, CCE’s summer nutrition educator also will be on hand with tasty Finger Lakes Eat Smart NY samples and recipes. Lots of other nutrition, gardening, recycling, and event information will be available as well.

Just days after the Strawberry Festival, the next workshop in Seneca County Cornell Cooperative Extension’s 2019 Food Preservation Series is all about preserving strawberries. This hands-on program will take place in the Ovid Fire Hall’s kitchen at 2136 Brown St. in Ovid on Wednesday, June 19 from 6 to 8 p.m. Learn how to make strawberry jam and jelly from fresh local berries and how to safely can the finished product. Participants also will learn how to dehydrate strawberries and make fruit roll-ups, which are perfect for healthy snacking. The basics of freezing strawberries will also be discussed. This workshop will be led by CCE nutrition staff along with CCE Volunteer Master Food Preservers. Participants will receive educational materials, taste samples, and some strawberry product to bring home. Cost is $15. Registration is required and space is limited. To register online, go to If you are unable to register online, call (315) 539-9251. For more information, contact Nutrition Issue Leader Mo Tidball at the office number or

For over 100 years, Seneca County Cornell Cooperative Extension has served the people of the county, putting to practical use the scholarship and research of Cornell University and the national land grant system in the areas of agriculture and food systems sustainability; families, nutrition, health and safety (human ecology); youth development (4-H); environmental and natural resource enhancement; and community and economic vitality. The office is at 308 Main Street Shop Centre in Waterloo. For more information, contact the CCE at (315) 539-9251 or email

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