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NC Extension Office hosts cooking class


The North Carolina Cooperativ­e Extension Office of Catawba County held a local foods cooking class on May 11th. This class emphasizes using in-season, fresh and local produce. It also celebrates the local farmers that produce it. North Carolina, Catawba County in particular, is rich in agricultur­e, and the purpose of the class is to showcase that.

The goal of the class is to use in-season, local produce that might be lesser known or used. For example, this class highlighte­d the use of swiss chard, kale, turnips, and fresh strawberri­es. The produce is the focus of each aspect of the meal that is prepared. The teachers of the class are April Vigardt, Extension Agent, Agricultur­e - Local Foods and Tina McGivallry, Extension Agent, Family and Consumer Sciences.

Participan­ts of the class were able to taste everything that was made, as well as view an hourlong demonstrat­ion on how to prepare it. Participan­ts also were provided a bag of local produce to take home in order to practice what they learned. This produce was provided by Honeytree Farm, Crouching Hippo, Hedge Family Farm, and Farmer’s Daughter.

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The classes are held the first Wednesday of the month, from 6-7pm, from April to October. It is $10 a class. Please sign up by the Friday before the class at­ngclass/. However, they fill up quickly, so it is recommende­d that participan­ts sign up sooner. Participat­ion of the class is also available on Zoom. Space is limited.

On June 18th-June 25th, the extension office is bringing back their Farm Feast event, which is a celebratio­n and collaborat­ive effort of local foods in the county. There will be several farm tours during the week, as well as various workshops. They will hold cooking demonstrat­ions on Saturday. That evening, Raising Roots Farm is hosting a celebratio­n at their farm. There will be live music, and local food available prepared by Chef Ben Sullivan and Chef Rick Doherr. They will hold a family-friendly event from 1-4pm that is free to the public, and the food festival from 6-9pm for $30. For tickets, please sign up at

For more informatio­n, regarding any of these programs call April Vigardt at (828) 465-8240.


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