Kauai Papaya Preserving Workshop

***All Workshop Guests must show proof of  completed, state issued COVID-19 Vaccination Card prior their event. ***


Monkeypod Jam founder, Aletha, will guide guests through the process of transforming Kauai Grown Papayas into three, different preserves. They include Papaya Vanilla JamPapaya and Pineapple Jam, and one jar of Papaya Seed Dressing. Using approved canning techniques, beautiful papaya may be preserved and served to friends and family throughout the year! These remarkable papaya preserves will surely raise the bar at any gathering.
Date/Time: Select Fridays, 10am - 1pm
Ages: 16 and Older
Class Limit: 9 Guests
Location: The Monkeypod Provisions Cottage, Lawai (Specific address will be shared two days prior to the workshop)
Workshop Includes: Hands on, professional instruction and all necessary ingredients., refreshments, and light pupus will be served. Each student will create two different jars of Papaya Jam, and one jar of Papaya Seed Dressing to take home. 
At Monkepod Jam, we preserve not only the abundance of fruits and vegetables, but also the community and heritage of our island. Provisions by Monkeypod Workshops are offered to our local community and island visitors looking to experience the various methods used to preserve the bounty of Kauai's agriculture. Each Provisions Workshop focuses on one seasonal item, using a variety of methods of preservation. 
Aletha Thomas, a former schoolteacher, launched Monkeypod Jam in 2010, when she was placed on furlough. Each furlough Friday, Aletha would pull out her French copper pot and make jams and jellies using ripe Kauai fruit. With each batch, she was preserving the season’s harvest while also preserving childhood memories of her grandmas, both of whom she remembers preserving the season's local bounty.
In February of 2014, Aletha enrolled in Hawaii’s Master Preserving Program. Now certified as a Master Preserver and with over twelve years of teaching experience, Aletha is eager to share the ins and outs of home preservation with others who share her interest and passion of preserving the seasons.
Due to the Pandemic of 2020/2021, Aletha made the difficult decision to close the Monkeypod Jam Tasting Room and Cafe. The Provisions Cottage in Lawai is the new home of all things Monkeypod. The renovated Teaching Kitchen will be complete by mid-September, 2021. We look forward to hosting preserving classes, culinary workshops, guest chefs, and cookbook authors at our family's plantation style, backyard cottage. 
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