Events

COOKING DEMONSTRATIONS AND EVENTS AT THE MARKET


Canning Tomatoes Demonstration – Jordan Champagne :: August 13
Summer Art Exhibit and Sale – Diane Devine :: Rescheduled for Spring 2017
How to Make Sauerkraut – Jordan Champagne :: September 10
Apple Fritters Demonstration – Chef Anne :: September 17

August 13, 2016

Canning Tomatoes Jordan Champagne

Saturday, August 13 | 10 am | Aptos Farmers Market

jordan150This demonstration is basically a great party with tomatoes as the guest of honor! With all of the wonderful tomatoes available on Central Coast in the late summer, it would be a shame not to preserve tomatoes for our rainy winters. There are amazing heirloom tomatoes that are grown at local farms, many of which wouldn’t survive the rough-and-tumble-road to the grocery markets. Jordan will teach you the art of putting up these luscious heirlooms as well as the tasty dry-farmed Early Girl’s, and explain the differences in canning these two varieties.

There are many myths when it comes to canning tomatoes. Jordan says, “Many recipes will have you blanching, peeling, sterilizing, etc., until you want to pull your hair out! In my demonstration, folks will learn how to jar up tomatoes the Happy Girl way — simple and delicious. We’ve got all kinds of tricks and tips to get you on your way to a pantry full of summer tomatoes.” The demo will include information about pertinent food safety issues, pH scale and hot water bath canning.

Location: Aptos Farmers Market at Cabrillo College 6500 Soquel Drive, Aptos, CA 95003

About Jordan
Jordan Champagne from Happy Girl Kitchen Company will be demonstrating her signature preserving techniques, explaining food safety issues, and sharing her special recipes. Many of you may be familiar with her products that are sold at local specialty stores and markets.

Jordan and Todd Champagne began Happy Girl Kitchen Company out of their sheer love of food. After working on farms for years and preserving the glut of the California seasons, Todd and Jordan are now lauded as key members in the thriving food community of the Central Coast.

August 20, 2016

Summer Art Exhibit and Sale with Diane Devine

Aptos Farmers Market | Saturday, August 20 | 8 am – 12 pm

DD-portrait-A-cportSMEditors Note: The art exhibit with Diane Devine will be rescheduled for Spring  2017. If you’d like to make an appointment to view her portfolio or framed paintings in your home, please call Annaliese Keller at 831.469.8233 for an appointment or email her

Diane Devine, the renowned watercolor artist, chef, and interior designer, created the stunning artwork for our 40th Anniversary poster. On Saturday, June 18, many of Ms. Devine’s paintings will be on display and for sale at the Aptos Farmers Market at Cabrillo College. A second exhibition and sale is planned for Saturday, August 20. If you haven’t met this truly extraordinary lady, be sure to stop by and say hello.

Ms. Devine’s French country paintings feature the fabrics of Provence, the antique cookware she collects, farmers’ market fruits, flowers, and vegetables arranged in her garden mbcfmPosterDianeand home. Many of the fruits and vegetables Ms. Devine purchases at farmers markets serve double-duty once she gets them home.

“I love to paint food,” Devine continues. “I paint in my garden in both Santa Cruz and San Francisco. I set up a still life with my items I’ve purchased from the farmers markets. I’ve done a lot of paintings that have a café theme. Almost all of my paintings have food and flowers in them.”

The original artwork used for the 40th Anniversary posters will be raffled off on Saturday, September 3 (Labor Day weekend) at the Aptos Farmers Market at Cabrillo College. Customers can purchase raffle tickets starting May 28 at the information booth.

dianePaintingAstoryFor a preview of her vibrant paintings, visit Ms. Devine’s website and browse through her online gallery. Her artwork is also on display at Wisteria Antiques in Soquel and Gayle’s Bakery and Rosticceria in Capitola.

Our 40th Anniversary posters will be for sale at the information booth, along with limited edition note cards by Diane Devine starting May 28, 20.

September 10, 2016

How to Make Sauerkraut Jordan Champagne

Saturday, September 10 | 10 am | Aptos Farmers Market

jordan150The sauerkraut demonstration will begin with an introductory talk, tasting, and how to get the right texture and flavor in your sauerkraut. Jordan will will cover topics about pH, botulism. Jordan says, “You will walk away from this demonstration with ferment fever and you will start fermenting all sorts of things. You will learn how to make great sauerkraut and kimchi and how to design your own recipes and flavor combinations.”

Location: Aptos Farmers Market at Cabrillo College 6500 Soquel Drive, Aptos, CA 95003

About Jordan
Jordan Champagne from Happy Girl Kitchen Company will be demonstrating her signature preserving techniques, explaining food safety issues, and sharing her special recipes. Many of you may be familiar with her products that are sold at local specialty stores and markets.

Jordan and Todd Champagne began Happy Girl Kitchen Company out of their sheer love of food. After working on farms for years and preserving the glut of the California seasons, Todd and Jordan are now lauded as key members in the thriving food community of the Central Coast.

September 17, 2016

Cooking Demonstration — Apple Fritters with Chef Anne

Aptos Farmers Market | Saturday, September 17 | 10 am

Anne-Baldzikowski150Learn how to make apple fritters at the farmers’ market when chef instructor Anne Baldzikowski and her crew of culinary students prepare crispy and sweet donuts studded with Granny Smith apples and drenched in a vanilla glaze. This is one demo you will not want to miss!

Location: Aptos Farmers Market at Cabrillo College 6500 Soquel Drive, Aptos, CA 95003

Cooking demo begins at 10 am. Seating is limited — please arrive early.

About Anne
Anne Baldzikowski is an author and award winning chef instructor with the Cabrillo College Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Department.

Chef Anne demystifies cooking in her cookbook Easy Artisan, Simple Elegant Recipes for the Everyday Cook. With recipes from appetizers to confections written in a friendly format, Anne highlights the art of preparing handmade food. With recipes used in professional cooking classes, it’s quite easy for cooks to succeed!