Food Dehydration Workshop at Bennett County Fair

By Kari O’Neill

Badlands RC&D will be sponsoring a Food Dehydration workshop on Friday, August 9, as part of the festivities of the Bennett County Fair. The workshop is free, open to anyone, and begins at 2:00 p.m. at the Fair Building.

Peggy Martin will talk about what types of fruits, vegetables and herbs dry best; how to pretreat fruit; how to make fruit leathers and veggie chips for snacking. Peggy will put on a demonstration and have samples available. 

Peggy is a co-owner of Cedar Creek Gardens, LLC., and has an ample supply of vegetables from the garden allowing her to preserve them to cook with year-round. Peggy says, “Nothing says summer like a sun-dried tomato basil pasta dish in the middle of winter.”

Leslie Rae Henry, Agriculture Extension Director, from the Oglala Lakota College at Kyle, will also share her expertise on dehydration methods of the past. Traditional sun and air drying have been around for many cultures and has changed little over time. 

Leslie will also hold a hands-on demonstration on how to make a simple, affordable dehydrator from easy-to-find materials. All workshop participants can make and take a dehydrator home with them at the conclusion of the workshop.

Supplies are limited for the interactive parts of the workshop, so if you want to participate, plan to arrive on time.

While you are at the Fair, stop in at the Badlands RC&D fair booth to see what we have been doing and give us input for possible upcoming workshops. Badlands RC&D is bringing this workshop to the Fair through their CCG “Growing Healthy” grant. For more information, please contact Anita Hicks, Grant Coordinator at 605-685-4065 or check their Facebook page at Badlands RC&D.

Plan to attend and learn about Dehydration Foods, Past and Present. See you at the Fair!!

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