The Valley Preservery


Create Your Own Group

In December I did a workshop at home for a group of young people who work together. They came from across the GTA and drove up to the beautiful Beaver Valley for an afternoon of jam and pickle making. It was really fun. So, if you have a group of friends, colleagues, or family members who would like to organize a workshop, email me and we can set it up. Whatever you want to learn is fine with me. We create the workshop together. We cover the science of preservation and techniques for preserving safely. You get to do hands-on work and everyone goes away with something you’ve created.

Stay and Learn

Kimberley is in the heart of the Beaver Valley which is about 2 hours north of Toronto. It sits in the Niagara Escarpment and has a 300,000 year old history. There are many trail systems easily accessed, the Beaver River for kayaking, and lots of opportunity for skiing and snowshoeing. The Village has the lovely General Store and two very good restaurants. Any season, Kimberley is a super place to spend a couple of days or more. Sound appealing?

Why not come for a couple of days and enjoy the area and combine the visit with a workshop on food preservation! Next to the Kimberley General Store is the “Rock House” which is available for short stay rentals. Here’s the link:

There are also other homes for short-stay rental as well as small inns.

Agriculture Grey-Bruce Courses

Canning 101 Presented by: Martha Rogers, Certified Master Food Preserver, The Valley Preservery

Thursday April 11th, 2024, 7:00 – 9:00 pm at Grey Ag Services, also livestreamed.

Cost: $20.00. Please register to attend in-person here or to attend via the livestream here

Are you new to canning? Do you want to brush up on the science, evidence-based methods and techniques to preserve safe, wholesome and cost-effective foods for you and your family. Find out about reusable Tatler lids. Learn to use an atmospheric steam canner. Find out when you do and don’t need to sterilize jars. Join us for an evening of learning and sharing. You “can” do it!

For information about this workshop or to register:
Or email:

Edith Sitwell, a British poet, wrote: “Winter is the time for comfort, for good food, and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home”.

Stay warm and enjoy the blessings of winter.

Beaver Valley


Creme Fresh
Preserving Recipes/ Spring

Crème Fraiche

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Chili Sauce
Preserving Recipes/ Spring

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Rose Petal Jelly
Preserving Know-how/ Summer

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Peachy Keen Jam
Preserving Know-how/ Summer

Peachy Keen

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