Welcome to
Mary´s Wholesome Living


My passion for homemaking began when I was in 8th grade, making home-cooked meals for my dad, younger sister and brother. Having a hot meal on the table for my family was important to me, even then. I was creative when preparing new dishes, and quickly learned that simple ingredients made from scratch rivaled anything that came out of a box – both in taste and cost!

Offering Classes in

Hearty Artisan Breads
Gluten Free Baking
Fermentation
Pickling
Kombucha
Preserves, Jams, Jellies
Jamaican Ginger Beer
Simple Cooking Methods

And Much More!

Upcoming Classes and Events

09/26
Learn to Can Tomatoes and Marinara Sauce

Your tomatoes are coming in now or you have been eyeing those red globes at the local farmers market. Either way you have way too many to eat fresh and would like to keep some of the summer’s bounty to savor this winter.

09/30
SCARCE Green Fair September 30, 2017

SCARCE has been educating schools, businesses, and municipalities on environmental safe practices and products.    This Green Fair is an opportunity to educate the community on a variety of green initiatives and products.

10/10
Fermented Sauerkraut - 3 Ways - Heritage Prairie Farm

Raw and lacto-fermented sauerkraut is a far cry from the soft, vinegary stuff in a can we ate as kids.  Fermented sauerkraut has many health benefits: It is ripe with probiotic power – great way to rebuild healthy bacteria in our systems

10/14
Cauliflower Fermentation Workshop

Mary Krystinak will instruct the class in making Spiced Fermented Cauliflower. You get to decide what spices and how much to add so that it suits your own taste! 

10/17
Fermented Sauerkraut - 3 Ways - Whole Foods

Raw and lacto-fermented sauerkraut is a far cry from the soft, vinegary stuff in a can we ate as kids.  Fermented sauerkraut has many health benefits:

10/28
Homemade Yogurt and Kefir

Make your own yogurt and kefir. Kefir is a drinkable yogurt packed with probiotics that can be flavored with fruit, much like yogurt. Begin with a lesson about the process of fermentation. Then use starters to make your own yogurt and kefir. 

11/11
Heritage Prairie Farm Artisan Craft & Food Fair November 11th and 12th, 2017

Heritage Prairie Farm is very excited to begin working on their 9th Annual Artisan Craft and Food Fair.

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