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A shopper at the Union Street Farmers Market at the Bo Diddley Community Plaza downtown.

Erica Brough
Published: Tuesday, October 1, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, September 25, 2013 at 8:18 a.m.

... for gardeners, cooks and those who simply enjoy dining events. Want to include an event? Please email Stefanie Samara Hamblen at stefaniesamarahamblen@gmail.com.

Cooking classes/demonstrations

“HOGTOWN HOMEGROWN'S” FIRST SUNDAY COOKING CLASSES at BLUE OVEN KITCHENS, Create recipes from each month's issue of “Hogtown HomeGrown” with Stefanie Samara Hamblen, demo, hands-on small group class, Sunday, Oct. 6, Nov. 3, 2 to 4 p.m., $25 each, register, stefanie@blueovenkitchens.org, Blue Oven Kitchens, 1323 S. Main St., http://www.blueovenkitchens.org/2013/01/18/cooking-class-updates/

BLUE OVEN KITCHENS' FOURTH WEDNESDAY HEALTHY KITCHEN DEMOS, Monthly demonstration of kitchen and cooking basics by Stefanie Samara Hamblen, Wednesday, Oct. 30, Nov. 20, 6 to 7 p.m., $10, stefanie@blueovenkitchens.org, Blue Oven Kitchens, 1323 S. Main St., www.blueovenkitchens.org/2013/01/18/cooking-class-updates/

THE FAT TUSCAN CAFÉ COOKING CLASSES, Farmers Market Cooking,Thursdays, Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24, 6 to 8 p.m., $40; Making Staples for your Kitchen, Saturdays, Oct. 12, 19, 26, Nov. 2, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., $40; Italian Holiday Breads, Tuesdays and Thursdays, Nov. 5, 7, 19, 21, 6 to 8:30 p.m., $40; all at the Fat Tuscan Café, 725 NE First St., Gainesville, 505-5648, fattuscancafe@gmail.com

2013 FOOD SAFETY AND QUALITY PROGRAM, presented by Dr. Brenda C. Williams, family & consumer sciences extension agent. Upon completion of the training, participants will receive a certificate of attendance from the University of Florida Food Safety and Quality Program. After passing ServSafe® Manager's Exam, you will receive a national certification valid for five years, Thursday, Oct 9, 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., To register, call (888) 232-8723.

HEALTHY COOKING: PRESSURE COOKING TECHNIQUES, Demonstration of techniques, taste samples. Monday, Oct. 14, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., $3, Five Meals to Master, demonstration of techniques, taste samples. Includes turkey preparation tips. Tuesday, Nov. 12, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., $3, Brenda C. Williams. Pre-register by leaving voicemail at 337-6209. Alachua County Extension Office

Gardening events

DOWNTOWN FARMERS GARDEN WORKDAY, Light garden work with Travis Mitchell, Florida Organic Growers, every Tuesday, 9 a.m., travis@foginfo.org, Southwest Lawn, Alachua County Administration Building, 12 SE First St., Gainesville

THE EDIBLE PLANT PROJECT FUNDRAISER SALE, Edible plants, fruit trees, seeds, Wednesday, Oct. 8 and Wednesday, Nov. 6, 4 to 7 p.m., Union Street Farmers Market, Bo Diddley Community Plaza, 111 E. University Ave., Gainesville, www.edibleplantproject.org

HIGH SPRINGS SEED SAVERS, gardening group meets with a different topic each time, Tuesday, Oct. 22, 7 p.m. and Tuesday, Nov. 26, 7 p.m., contact Nancy Montgomery, (386) 462-1828, monty.nancy@gmail.com, High Springs Public Library, 135 NW First Ave.

FLOATING HYDROPONIC GARDENS, improve vegetable production with small scale hydroponic systems. Thursday, Oct. 17, 6 to 8 p.m., Aparna Gazula. Pre-register by leaving voicemail at 337-6209, Alachua County Extension Office

HOBBY BEEKEEPING, Complete perspective of small scale beekeeping. Saturday, Oct. 19, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., $15 (includes lunch), Aparna Gazula. Pre-register by leaving voicemail at 337-6209, Alachua County Extension Office

VEGETABLE GARDENING, Spring crops and raised bed gardens. Wednesday, Nov. 6, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Wendy Wilber. Pre-register by leaving voicemail at 337-6209, Alachua County Extension Office

PEACHES AND NECTARINES, Learn about local varieties and proper pruning. Thursday, Nov. 7, 3 to 4 p.m., Wendy Wilber. Pre-register by leaving voicemail at 337-6209. Alachua County Extension Office

Our local farmers' markets

Alachua County Farmers Market / 441 Market: 5920 NW 13th St., Gainesville, Saturdays, 8:30 a.m. -1 p.m., www.441market.com

Haile Farmers Market: Haile Plantation Village, SW 81st Terrace, Saturdays, 8:30 a.m.-noon, www.hailefarmersmarket.com/home

Newberry Farmers Market: 25425 W. Newberry Road, Newberry, Fridays and Saturdays, 11a.m. -6 p.m., indoor and outdoor market, www.NewberryMainStreet.com

Keystone Heights Farmers Market: Natural Park, State Road 21, 555 S. Lawrence Blvd., Keystone Heights, Saturdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. keystoneheights farmersmarket.blogspot.com

Tioga Monday Market: Tioga Town Center, 13005 W. Newberry Road, Newberry, Mondays, 4-7 p.m.

Union Street Farmers Market: Bo Diddley Community Plaza, 111 E. University Ave. Gainesville, Wednesdays, 4 -7 p.m., /www.unionstreetfarmersmkt.com/

High Springs Farmers Market: Plantation Oaks, 201 NE First Ave., High Springs, Thursdays, noon to dusk, and first Saturdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., farmersmarket.highsprings.com

Farmers Market at the Harvest Village: 22050 U.S. 441, Micanopy, Fridays, 2 p.m.-dusk, dalakiko@yahoo.com

Citizens Co-op Craft & Cottage Food Market: Local vendors, artisans, nonprofits, farmers, and bakers, courtyard behind Citizens Co-op, 435 S. Main St. Entrance to the market is off Southeast Fifth Avenue, last Friday of every month, 7 -9 p.m., www.citizensco-op.com/

FALL HARVEST FESTIVAL: Sunday, Nov. 10, noon to 4 pm, Congregation B'nai Israel, 3830 NW 16th Blvd (west parking lot). Fresh produce, arts and crafts, Middle Eastern foods, baked goods. Music by Klezmer Katz Band, children's activities. Cash or checks, as many vendors can't take credit cards. More information, 317-3502.

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