'Sun Oven' demonstrated at Potsdam farmer's market Aug. 21
Friday, August 13, 2010 - 11:32 am

POTSDAM – A workshop in conjunction with the Potsdam Farmers’ Market Saturday, Aug. 21, will demonstrate the Sun Oven, a cooker that uses no electricity, firewood, gas or fossil fuels to cook a meal or even bake some cookies.

Caron Collins, an assistant professor at The Crane School of Music and owner of a business promoting fair trade and ecological products, including the versatile Sun Oven, will lead the workshop at noon, near the Potsdam Farmer's Market, at the rear of the municipal parking lot next to Ives Park.

Collins will demonstrate all morning how to cook, boil, and bake favorite dishes using only the heat from the sun.

RSVPs for the noon workshop, sponsored by the Sustainable Living Project, are encouraged, though there might be room for walk-ins. Demonstrations of the Sun Oven will take place all morning at the Market (opens 10 AM).

Reservations after Thursday, Aug. 19 must be by phone, not online, to verify there is space available. This workshop is free, though a donation of any size to benefit the upcoming Local Living Festival is requested. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. To RSVP contact the SLP at 347-4223, SustLivingProject@gmail.com, or www.SustainableLivingProject.net.

The SLP has been touring North Country events this summer with their Pledge Program called One Sustainable Thing, encouraging citizens to choose from lists of dozens of sustainable practices that they could adopt, joining a hoped-for 1,000 pledges this year.

There is more on the Sun Oven at www.ABetterFootprintNY.com and www.sunoven.com.