Garden Farm Market is now Open
Tuesdays 12 pm to 5 pm
Fridays 8 am too 1 pm
Saturdays 8 am to 1 pm
Fermentation is an ancient form of preservation. It is an easy, delicious and nutritious way to preserve all of the garden bounty from the summer. Fermented foods are full of enzymes and beneficial bacteria (probiotics) which can help your digestion and health tremendously. Examples of common fermented foods are yogurts, kombucha tea, sauerkraut, kim chi, kefir but there are so many more fermented foods to make.
June 29th 12:00 to 2:00 pm - Class will include a seasonal fermented vegetable medley, fermented orange juice and fermented pineapple-papaya chutney.
Tamara will teach you the health benefits of adding fermented foods to your diet and show you, in a demo-style class, a few simple and tasty recipes that you can easily replicate at home and which will be enjoyed by your whole family. She will provide session notes, the recipes she demonstrates as well as some of her other favorite fermented recipes. She will also provide tips and tricks to get your family on board with eating fermented foods!
Kit will include: 2 wide mouth pint size jars, 1 food funnel, 2 packets of fermentation starter and 3 glass fermentation weights. ($20)
Class $75 plus Kit $20 TOTAL $95
Tamara Mannelly, MEd, HHC is a Certified Healing Foods Specialist and a Holistic Health Coach. She is passionate about adding nutrient-dense foods to her and her family's diet and educating others about the benefits of Real Food. She blogs about her experiences with her Real Food Journey over at www.ohlardy.com
Jams and Jelly Class
Join Elizabeth Madden, founder of Rare Bird Preserves, as she brings her expertise on fruit preserving techniques to Elawa Farm.
June 23, 2013 1:00 to 4:00 pm In this three-hour demo-style class, students will cook Blueberry Lavender jam and Lemon Basil jelly. Our focus will be on the preparation of the raw fruit, natural pectins, the cooking process, and how to safely jar your jam. Participants will receive a jam tool kit and a set of class notes.
Class $75 plus Jam Tool Kit $20 - Jam Tool Kit includes: 12-8oz jars and lids, heat gloves, towel, metal agitator and blank labels.
If you have already participated in one of Elizabeth’s classes, and have a kit, you do not need to purchase another one.
Fresh Flower Arranging Classes
Fresh Flower Arranging Classes by Nancy Clifton - Nancy is a horticulture program specialist in visitor programs at the Chicago Botanic Garden with specialization in containers, troughs, wreaths, herbs, and other botanical crafts. She teaches there as well as other facilities.
Cutting Garden Bouquet – Thursday, July 18th 9:30-11:30 am
Learn about fresh flower cutting gardens and some of the classic home grown flowers you can use in flower arranging. We will take a quick walk outside to see Elawa’s cut flower beds then head in to make our own bouquet. You will learn how to make a hand-tied bouquet that will rest in a small vase. Please bring a hand pruner or floral shears and a small box to carry finished arrangement home in.
Hot Colors with Flowers, Fruits and More! Thursday, August 1st 9:30-11:30am
Learn what you can do with some hot colors and cool plants. Combining fresh flowers, fruits and vegetables in a mass arrangement you will see what a hot treat fresh flowers with fruits and vegetables can be. You will make a mass arrangement in floral foam in a footed bowl. Please bring a hand pruner or floral shear and a small box to carry your finished arrangement home in.
Foliage, Unusual Flowers and Special Floral Finds - Thursday, September 5th 9:30-11:30am
A woodland inspired arrangement that uses more foliage then flowers. Add a few unique and unusual flowers, moss and more. Please bring a hand pruner or floral shears and a small box to carry your finished arrangement home in.
Falling for Autumn – Thursday, October 10th 9:30-11:30 am
Create a fall centerpiece using the bounty of the autumn season. We will use gourds, berries, vines and rustic colored flowers in a basket for a seasonal arrangement. Please bring a hand pruner or floral shears and a small box to carry your completed arrangement home in.
Photographing Early Summer
Elawa Farm Garden
Jack Carlson, Nature Photographer and Instructor
Photographing Early Summer at Elawa Farm has been designed to provide instruction and advice on how to photograph the natural color that’s available during this highly anticipated-but challenging photographically- season. Each class meeting will find us at a different part of The Farm learning about light levels (dealing with the summer sun) and composition techniques.
Each meeting begins in the classroom, often with a review of camera and lens operations. Then we’ll review student photos taken in the previous class or during the week. Our discussions will include topics such as composition (aka subject placement) light levels, color and texture as they apply to those images.
Why not join us and learn how to take your photography to the next level during this perfect time of year with Elawa Farm Garden as a backdrop.
Session 2 - Friday May 31st, June 7th, 14th and 21st from 9-noon.
Requirements: Digital camera (no tablets or cell phones, please)
prerequisite: Beginning Photography class or camera competence
Session 2 - $225.00
Gale Gand Master Classes in the Kitchen at Elawa Farm
Pre-paid reservations only ~ $75 each, classes run from 12:00 pm to 2:30 pm
July 10th Southern Summer Picnic 12:00 – 2:30 pm We’ll make Lavender Fried Chicken with Tabasco Mayo, Black Pepper-Cheddar Corn Bread, and Raspberry-Peach Cobbler, some Lemon Peel and Mint Ice Cubes and Strawberry Lemonade. Includes a tour of the Elawa Farm Garden. Tasting at the end.
Aug 7th -Blueberries 12:00 – 2:30 pm We’ll make 3 different dishes to celebrate the harvest of this season’s blueberries. Includes a tour of the Elawa Farm Garden and newly planted blueberry patch. Tasting at the end.
Sept 18th -Late Harvest Produce 12:00 – 2:30 pm We’ll make tomato sauce from scratch using fresh tomatoes and serve it with herbed pasta we’ll make, a squash dish depending on what’s ready to pick in the garden, and make a dessert using local apples. Includes a tour of the Elawa Farm Garden. Tasting at the end.
Oct 28th -Pies and Tarts 12:00 – 2:30 pm Learn my best pie dough recipe then we’ll do 3 different types of pies with it: a savory hand formed ratatouille tart topped with a fried egg, a single crust custard pie, and a double crust fruit pie. Includes a tour of the Elawa Farm Garden. Tasting at the end.
Nov 19th -Thanksgiving Sides 12:00 – 2:30 pm Need some new ideas for this years Thanksgiving side dishes? This class will teach you some great new ones like Wheat Berries with Oven Roasted Brussels Sprouts, and two others. Tasting at the end.
Dec 11th -Holiday Food Gifts 12:00 – 2:30 pm Instead of giving “stuff” for the holiday’s this year, why not give “food stuffs”? Learn how to make edible gifts for the holidays like Horseradish-Honey Mustard using Elawa Farm’s own honey from our hives, Pickled green Beans with Dill, Cuccidata (Sicilian Fig Cookies), and Salted Caramel Sauce. Everyone will go home with a jar/bag of each. Tasting at the end.
Kids Cooking & Baking Classes
The Hungry Monkey Baking Company's
July, 14, 2013 11:00 am to 12:30 pm Sizzlin’ Summer Dinner Party:
BBQ Chicken Pizza & Frosty Summer S’mores
Let’s switch things up; make dinner for your parents (and friends)! Join Hungry Monkey Baking Company’s Chief Baking Officer, Cindy Kienzle, and learn how to make the yummiest chicken flatbread pizza with a barbeque/mango drizzle for dinner and Frosty Summer S’mores for dessert.
Dinner: The barbeque pizza was inspired by a recent trip to Disney where Cindy and her family ate the most amazing flatbread pizza every night on their trip. Cindy recreated this pizza and it’s now a favorite with her friends and family. This special flatbread has it all – crunchy, salty, cheezy, with just a touch of sweetness from the mango.
Dessert: When NBC 5 Chicago News asked Hungry Monkey Baking to do a dessert demo, Cindy created Frosty Summer S’mores especially for the show . Cindy reinvented the all-time summer-time treat, S’Mores, and made a five-layer frozen dessert – a graham cracker crust, followed by a chocolate mascarpone buttercream, vanilla ice cream, home-made chocolate fudge sauce, and topped off with toasted marshmallow crème!
Enjoy samples of each, while learning how to make this fun summer party meal. You’ll even make some chocolate fudge sauce to bring home.
$40.00 per child
August 4, 2013 11:00 am to 12:30 pm Outrageous Meal
Stuffed Mac ‘n Cheese & Double Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches
What could be better than mac ‘n cheese? A STUFFED Mac ‘n Cheese Casserole! In this class you’ll learn secrets to filling and using a pastry bag (to fill pasta with rich ricotta and cheese), make a rich and creamy cheese sauce with Parmesean Cheese, shallots, butter and a bread crumb topping.
YUM, YUM and more YUM.
Then, while we’re baking our stuffed mac ‘n cheese, we’re going to make the most OUTRAGEOUS Double Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies. Once cooled, we’ll fill them with vanilla ice cream, roll them in fun toppings (M & M’s, crushed Oreo’s or chocolate chips), then wrap them in cute parchment little packages tied with string and pop them in the freezer. It’s a surprise your friends and family will lOVE!!
$40.00 per child
About The Hungry Monkey Baking Company
The Hungry Monkey Baking Company, LLC., was started three years ago by Lake Forest Mom, Cindy Kienzle. Hungry Monkey specializes in putting a modern twist on old-fashioned favorites, and most of their items are all natural.
Renovated spaces available for public use include a large room in the Hay Barn, several conference and classroom spaces, a kitchen learning center and garden art workshop areas.
Please feel free to contact us at 847-234-1966 with any questions