Sunday, August 23, 2015

Fall Planting with Dave Rogers Master Gardener Class of 2014

Dave engaging the crowd on Fall Planting Saturday August 15th

Great Turnout for the seminar
 All fall plants donated to the Harvest of Hope garden by Good Hope Garden in Blountville. Product donated were broccoli, cabbage, and cauliflower for HOH.

Dave did a great job showing seminar attendees the correct way to plant and water fall plants to stride during fall and winter months. Special attention must be given to the care of plants due to less sunlight and water.

Monday, August 10, 2015

Kingsport Pepper Festival September 26th 8-4pm

Kingsport Pepper Festival
Fall for Downtown Folk Festival

September 26th - 8:00 - 4:00

Vendors & Demonstrations

 Pepper plant growers ~ hot, cool, sweet
 Pepper products ~ salts, rubs, jellies, etc.
 Gardening, Canning, & Salsa Workshops

Competitions ~ All Ages
 “Peter Piper” Tongue Twister Contest
 “Pepper Pot” Bean Bag toss
“Bragging Rights” Battles

“The Best…” Pickled Pepper recipes, Pepper Plants
“The Best Pepper Popper” Restaurant Judging
“The Best Wings” Restaurant Judging
“Chili Cook-Off “
( Starts at 8 AM - Judging at Noon – Samples at 12:30)

***“Miss Pepper Festival Pagant”***
***(Canceled due to lack of participation)***
“Iron Stomach” Hot Wings Eating Contest”
(Starts at 3 PM)

More info visit or Doug at (423)239-9433

Fall Planting at Harvest of Hope Garden Saturday August 15th 10 am

Join us on Saturday August 15th 
10am for Fall Planting at the Harvest of Hope Garden

Master Gardener 
Dave Rogers
Class of 2014
will present this years' class.

Please bring a pen, notepad, and chair for this fun filled
educational event at the garden.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Tent is set and ready for the show

Doug Hilton, Jerry Ramey and Dave Rogers helped get the tent setup for today's event

Jennifer Banks, RD 

Covering Food Safety, Canning, and preserving the harvest

for summer vegetables and fruits.

Great turnout today and good food samples!!!!!!!!!

Large Crowd for Cooking Show Saturday June 20th at Harvest of Hope Gardens

Large Crowd for the Cooking show

Ready for Cooking time as the crowd samples some Mexican Chop Salad Jennifer and Linda had brought for today's event

Jennifer Banks Family Consumer Sciences Agent UT Extension Office Sullivan County

Preserving the Season

  1. Canning the harvest
  2. Freezing the harvest
  3. Drying the harvest

Jennifer Banks, RD covers ways to preserve the harvest and reap the benefits of storing food.


Always stressing food safety in food prep is always first rule of thumb before starting any type of preserving. If you are a beginner canning recommended reading is Principles of Home Canning

Some of the recipes passed out for the show


Cooking with Jennifer and Linda

Saturday June 20th
Harvest of Hope Gardens
UT Extension Office Sullivan County 


The video is short due to the length allowed on the blog and download time

Simple Skillet Green Beans
serves 4-6

  • 1 teaspoon oil or butter
  • 1 pound of fresh green beans, ends trimmed
  • 3/4 cup of low sodium chicken or vegetable broth
  • salt and pepper to taste
In a large nonstick skillet, heat oil or butter over medium heat. Add green beans and cook 2-3 minutes stirring often. Pour broth and bring the beans and broth to a simmer. Cover skillet and cook 6-10 minutes on how soft you like your beans. Keep an eye on the liquid in case you need to add a little more to cook. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve immediately.

Finish green beans
Very tasty and great cooking show