FOREST CITY | Young appetites were satisfied at the Forest City Farmers Market with a Kids Cooking Class.

On Thursday, Sept. 7, children were invited to free cooking classes downtown on Clark Street to bake easy, yet delicious apple crisps. The cooking classes, sponsored by a grant from NIACOG and Iowa Department of Health, aim to teach children skills by cooking healthy food from items found at the Forest City Farmers Market.

The split sessions from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. give children, like 9-year-old Holden Reynolds, the opportunity to learn vital skills for his future.

“It’s important to know how to cook and bake,” Reynolds said, “so you can make food for your family when you get older.”

Parents were equally impressed with the cooking class and helpful volunteers. “He (Holden) and his brother both love to cook,” Missy Reynolds said, “so it’s fantastic that the Farmers Market is doing this and Anne Bakke is great with the kids.”

The event was a team effort with donations of both time and equipment.

“We had all this equipment donated by Healthy Harvest of North Iowa. We also have a good committee consisting of Norma Hertzer, with Grow Forest City, Forest City Chamber Director, Kathy Rollefson and community volunteer, Anne Bakke,” Market Manager Roz Hemberger said, “so we figured, ‘why not take the opportunity?’”

The Kids Cooking Class will make salsa on Thursday, Sept. 21 and salad in a jar on Thursday, Sept. 28 at the Forest City Farmers Market.

Those looking for more information may call 585-2092 or email