KAYSVILLE - If you don’t know what to do with those peaches and carrots that are filling your garden, the USU Botanical Center can help.
Their Explore the Garden Family Night for this month, set for July 28 from 6:30-8 p.m. at the Utah House kitchen, focuses on cooking from the garden. The evening will include demonstrations of different recipes that can be made using seasonal produce, as well as offering tips for the best ways to grow and utilize that bounty.
“There’s a lot of produce coming up, this time of year, and it’s a lot more healthy to pick something sun-warmed from your own garden,” said Jayne Mulford, who organized the event. “And growing your own food can be a really great family activity.”
The evening will include four demonstrations. The first will show attendees how to make fresh pesto, an Italian sauce traditionally made of crushed garlic, basil and European pine nuts blended with olive oil. Accompanying the demonstration will be instruction on how to best grow and use your own fresh herbs.
Other demonstrations will include fresh peach salsa, quick freezer berry jams, and Copper Pennies, a cold salad recipe made with carrots, onions and bell peppers. Participants will be able to assist in some steps of the demonstration, and will get samples of everything made afterward.
The produce used in the demonstrations will come from the Food Bank Garden, located at the botanical center. Maintained by those in USU’s Master Gardening program, the garden is designed to support and be supported by the community.
“All the seeds are donated,” said Mulford. “And the produce goes straight to the Food Bank.”
Pre-registration must be done in advance, to make sure that organizers have enough supplies for everyone. It costs $3 per person, or $10 for a family of up to 6 members, and can be done online at usubotanicalcenter.org.
The Explore the Garden Family Nights occur once a month at the USU Botanical Center. The activities are designed to encourage residents to explore different parts of the center, including its various gardens and the Utah House.
“We want to have activities that are appropriate to bring families to,” said Mulford. “We want kids to enjoy themselves as well as adults.”