Wyck’s Fall Workshop Schedule

Begin your holiday gift-making and prepare for Pennsylvania’s blustery winter season!

Wyck is offering classes in traditional food preparation, home medicine, and handmade goods just like the products that would have been made by early settlers in our area.  Join me as we explore how to preserve and can your summer harvests, the culinary and medicinal uses of Wyck’s historic roses, and how to prepare seasonal remedies to combat the cold season!

All classes are $29/class with a $5 materials fee payable on the day of the class. Classes are held on Wednesdays from 7pm to 9pm in Wyck’s Education Shed located just off of W. Walnut Lane.

To register for classes contact Mount Airy Learning Tree at 215-843-6333 or visit mtairylearningtree.org/.


 Small Batch Canning—October 8

Are you intimidated by canning? Have you always wanted to learn how to can, pickle, and preserve, but felt like you didn’t have the space to make large batches? Would you like to use simple techniques to can your own foods, and prefer quicker, less time-intensive preparations? Well then join us for demonstrations of easy “boiling water bath” canning techniques to make smaller, one-jar batches of your favorite pickles and preserves!  Learn to prepare seasonal late-summer recipes like Peach Jam with Brown Sugar, Dill Pickles, Pickled Hot Peppers, and Pear Vanilla Jam… take home some jam samples with you! Just in time to start planning your homemade holiday gifts!

Cooking with Rose Petals and Hips – October 22

Learn how to use rose petals and rose hips to create delicious flowery fare. Observe step by step how to prepare such treats as rose petal jelly, candied rose petals, rose vinegars, and take home some samples of each! Make your own rose water by learning how to make a home-still, and employ other techniques to help you make your own rose infused oils and dressings. This class teaches you to use your roses to create and share homemade, natural items direct from the garden.

The Many Medicinal Uses of Roses – November 5

Throughout time, roses were an important component to any apothecary’s inventory. From historical uses like treating scurvy to the rose’s timeless use as a fine skin toner, rose petals and hips were valued for a variety of daily purposes. In addition to identifying uses, no class would be complete without learning to effectively prepare these at-home remedies. Learn to make your own tea blends, infused oils for both culinary and topical use, lotions, salt baths, and even learn to make your own home-still to make rose water! Take home samples of these recipes to try at home!

Herbs for Winter Health & Immunity — November 19

With the cold winter fast approaching, now is the time to start preparing for the cold and flu season by building up strength and immunity. In this class we explore “winter herbs” such as goldenseal, elderberry, ginger, cayenne, and many others, and how to safely and properly use them to ensure and restore your and your family’s good health. Learn to make medicinal tea blends, tinctures, and the infamous “Fire Cider,” and beat the cold this season based on historic recipes used throughout time. Take home tea sample blend to use during the cold season!

The season’s ups & downs

Diseased tomato leaf

Every year on the farm, there is at least one crop that has some serious problems. This year, that seems to be the tomato plants. Tomatoes are particularly susceptible to leaf diseases and this year the tomato plants have come down with two such ailments- Septoria leaf spot and Early blight (not to be confused with the much more destructive Late Blight). Even though tomato plants usually get one or both of these diseases to some degree by the end of the season, this year it is particularly bad. A new heirloom variety I decided to try out this year ended up being the vector for these diseases, quickly transmitting them to the other plants before I was able to pull those first plants out. The rest of the tomato plants are still doing a pretty good job of producing despite the disease pressure, even though yields are definitely below what they would be on healthier plants.

Diseased tomato leaf
Diseased tomato leaf

New Blog: From Our Collection

Dear Readers,

Many of you have seen my “From the Collection” bits in our weekly e-blasts. I’m excited to be turning those posts into a blog, where the entries will have a  permanent Internet home outside of your own Inboxes! I’ll be posting a few former e-blast entries while I get the hang of this blogging thing, and also while I work on getting some research done on a few “new discoveries” (new to me, that is) among our approximately 10,000 objects.

Please leave comments–I love talking about things and hearing good (his)stories.


(Wyck’s Curator)