Your Extension Office in Hancock County is, in effect, a West Virginia University “mini campus” providing a wide array of services and information. Think of it as WVU’s front porch -a place to gather informally to learn the things you need to know. Things like “How can I improve my heart health?” “My child is struggling with reading, is there anything I can do?” or, “What is eating my garden?”
How to Use This Website
This site is a door to a world of information, not only from the Hancock County Extension Office, but from the experts at WVU.
In the sidebar to the left you will find links to pages within this site with answers to your questions about 4H, the Master Gardener Program, Farmers Markets, and the Community Educational Outreach Service (CEOS.) You can also read the latest edition of Hancock County Happenings, our quarterly newsletter, access a calendar of upcoming events, and contact the office via email.
The right sidebar holds links to related WVU Extension pages where you can explore these programs, and others, in more depth.
Farmers Market Recipe Challenge
The American Heart Association and the WV Farmers Market Association are joining forces to create the first WV Farmers Market Fresh Recipe challenge, and they want to hear from you!
They are looking for great recipes featuring fresh ingredients from your WV Farmers Market, to be featured in a future recipe book.
If you would like to submit one or more recipes, you may do it online or print out a paper form and mail it in. You can get the paper form by clicking on the “Forms” tab on the left side of this page, and choosing the FM Recipe Challenge link under the Miscellaneous heading.
Entries must be submitted no later than October 1.
Get Your Pressure Canner Tested
Many of us have “put up,” or canned food for years. A lot more of us may be trying it for the first time, as we worry increasingly about the safety of our food and rising prices at the grocery store. No matter our level of expertise, though, one thing is important to all of us: we need to know that our tools work properly.
Pressure canners, especially, can be worrisome. How do we know the gauge is working the way it should? How do we know our green beans are simmering along under ten pounds of pressure? Call the Extension Office!
In just a few minutes we can tell you if your gauge is spot on, or not. There is no need to bring the entire canner, or even the entire lid, if you don’t want to. All you need to bring with you is the gauge itself.
For more on preserving your harvest, whether by canning, freezing, or drying, visit the WVU Extension website or the National Center for Home Food Preservation for research-based hints, tips, and information. You can also find some pretty good recipes there!
Weirton Farmers Market Opens
Fresh produce and baked goods – that is what you will experience at the Weirton Farmers Market. We are ready to begin another year of providing fresh produce to the local area. Our market opens at 3 pm on Monday, July 6, and will continue each Monday through October. Weirton Farmers Market is conveniently located at 306-308 Penco Road (next to Goodwill parking lot across from the Shop ‘n Save shopping center).
Our vendors work to provide high quality, locally grown and baked goods to area residents. Our produce is picked fresh – often on Monday morning just before the market opens. In supporting our local market, we are also supporting our local economy – all goods are produced within 50 miles of Weirton. As an added bonus, many of our vendors accept the Senior & WIC coupons.
For printable coupons, good for 50 cents off a $5.00 purchase, click here