Fresh currants are not something you will likely find in a U.S. grocery store, yet they are widely popular in Europe and other parts of the world. Come find out the reasons why and help us get black currants back on people’s radar by attending “A Taste of the Food Forest: Black Currants”.  You don’t have to travel as far as you think to get your hands on some black currants. This program will be held at the Refuge Food Forest located at 701 E. Lincoln Street in Normal near One Normal Plaza Park, where black currants are available for picking when in season near the end of June or early July. Participants will meet at the pavilion just south of the Food Forest. 

Walk the Food Forest with Nick Frillman, local foods and small farms educator, and learn about the history of black currants - from where they’re from, to why they aren’t well-known, to why they’re making a resurgence now. Jenna Smith, University of Illinois Extension registered dietitian and nutrition and wellness educator will discuss the nutritional benefits of black currants and send you home with a packet of delicious recipes. Come have a taste of black currants and watch Smith give a food demonstration on a cool summer treat using black currants as the star.

The program is free to attend, but registration is required.