Cook­ing classes re­turn to Farm­ers Mar­ket

The Standard Journal - - LIFESTYLE - By Sean Wil­liams SJ Cor­re­spon­dent

With a to­tal of four classes planned al­ready, April is the month of cook­ing at the Rock­mart Farm­ers Mar­ket.

Those want­ing to put knife to the cut­ting board are in luck be­cause the next class is slated as early as April 17 where Farm­ers Mar­ket Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor Shonna Kirk­patrick plans to teach kids the ins and outs of cook­ing chicken with mush­room and mak­ing straw­berry desserts.

The class will take place from 4 through 6 p.m. at the Sil­ver Comet Trail­head on Rock­mart’s Wa­ter Street. Classes are $5.50, but stu­dents are en­cour­aged to reg­is­ter early due to the lim­ited space of the com­mu­nity kitchen. The course is de­signed for youth, but older cooks can at­tend April 26’s straw­berry preser­va­tion class. Reg­is­tra­tion can be found at http://www. rock­mart­farm­ers­mar­ /up­com­ing-classes.

“We have put to­gether a fan­tas­tic course that will cover many of the ba­sics of food prepa­ra­tion,” Kirk­patrick said. “Your child will learn safe cut­ting skills, ba­sic cook­ing tech­niques, how to use ba­sic ap­pli­ances, how to nav­i­gate the farm­ers mar­ket, and how to make two de­li­cious recipes on their own. This class will fo­cus on a chicken with mush­room dish along with straw­berry recipes for sides a dessert.”

The lower age limit for the course is seven years old, but par­ents are urged to take dis­cre­tion and de­ter­mine whether their child can han­dle the de­mands of cook­ing, us­ing knives, kitchen equip­ment, and other tools. Par­ents are wel­come to at­tend with their child, but the kitchen’s lim­ited space means par­ents will have to su­per­vise out­side of the kitchen.

The cour­ses are typ­i­cally de­signed around healthy eat­ing and us­ing or­ganic, lo­cally grown pro­duce to make tasty foods. As such, most items used in the cour­ses are taken di­rectly from the Farm­ers Mar­ket. Those in­ter­ested in tast­ing the class’s in­gre­di­ents first hand can visit the mar­ket ev­ery Thurs­day from 2 through 6 p.m. on Rock­mart’s Wa­ter Street.

Sean Wil­liams / SJ

Youth cook­ing classes will soon com­mence at the Sil­ver Comet Trail­head on Wa­ter Street in the City of Rock­mart.

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