County Fairs, Gardening & Tomato Canning

It’s Time for County (and State) Fairs

It’s August and that means it’s time for entering our produce in the county and state fairs. Last year, the Franciscan Monastery Garden Guild and its volunteers won a LOT of ribbons, including this blue ribbon for tomatoes at the Howard County Fair.

Tomato Sauce Canning
Friday, Aug. 11-Monday, Aug. 14, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Help with tomato peeling, chopping, pulping, sauce stirring, canning and – yes – clean up! This is a great way to get inspired to make your own tomato sauce at home. Please email in advance when you are available plus additional details:

Drop-In Gardening Continues – Extended Hours!
Wednesdays, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. and Saturdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

No experience necessary. Help us in the herb and vegetable gardens. All produce is donated to the friars, local convents and local churches and non-profits helping feed those in need.

Garden ToursĀ 
Saturdays, 11 a.m. and 12 noon

Our volunteer tour guides are leading weekly tours of the public gardens plus a sneak peek behind the monastery where our vegetable and herb gardens and beehives are. To arrange a special tour for your group, contact the Pat via the Monastery main number at 202-526-6800.

Beekeeping Team
Saturdays, Aug. 12 and Aug. 26

Our beekeeping team will meet from 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. on two Saturdays in August.

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