FOREST CITY | The final kids cooking class fed children’s hunger for knowledge at the Forest City Farmers Market.

On Thursday, Sept. 28, volunteer Anne Bakke instructed cooking classes for Forest City’s youth. This week, Bakke chose to teach the class how to make salad in a jar.

At 3:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m., children were given the necessary ingredients, consisting of variations from lettuce to chips, to create taco salad in a jar.

Children at the event, like 11-year-old Brenin Giesen, found the skill transferable to home-life. “I might make it make it for my mom,” Giesen said.

Parents and grandparents gathered to observe the educational event. Giesen’s grandmother was impressed with the community impact. “It’s a good idea to bring people together downtown,” Pam DeWard said.

Bakke believes more of the community and children would benefit from holding cooking classes in the summer. “I think it’d be fun to do more in the summer,” Bakke said, “because kids would be more available.”

While food is created through different means, Bakke is especially passionate about cooking. “Cooking is creative, but baking is science,” Bakke said, “so when you’re cooking you can be creative, which is what I hope to teach the kids.”

The cooking classes were sponsored by a grant from NIACOG and Iowa Department of Health with the goal of teaching children healthy eating habits.

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