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‘Kids Cook at the Market’ returns Saturday

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Children between the ages of 7 and 13 can learn a thing or two about cooking at Saturday’s Farmers’ Market when the Extension service holds “Kids Cook at The Market.”

Jill McKeever, who operates the website simpledailyrecipes.com and frequently holds cooking demonstrations at the Main Street Farmers’ Market, will lead the youths on a tour of the market, meeting some of the vendors who can explain about the products they sell and offer free samples. The children also learn about selecting fresh food before returning to the Texas AgriLife Extension Service stand, also known as the “Savor the Flavors Recipe Station” to make their own creations.

“They’ll be making fruit kabobs,” said Johanna Hicks, Hopkins County Extension agent for family and consumer sciences.

This is the second “Kids Cook at the Market” event. The first one was held in June when Kim Sellers, a registered dietitian with Hopkins Memorial Hospital, talked with about a dozen youths about nutrition and the benefits of fruits and vegetables. Kids paid $2 to cover all their ingredients at the kickoff event, but there’s no charge this time around.

“Webb’s Farm Fresh Produce is providing everything,” Hicks said. “And they’ll be getting a goodie bag with things like stickers and book marks, and some coloring sheets for the younger kids.”

Hicks said those taking part in the Saturday event need to pre-register so organizers will know how many to prepare for. They can register after 5 p.m. today by calling McKeever at 903-243-4746 or by sending an e-mail to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

The event will begin at 9 a.m. and lasts about 45 minutes or so. Children are asked to arrive about 15 minutes early so everyone can get organized. Parents do not have to stay as their should be plenty of adult supervisors.

Dress is casual attire, Hicks said.

“Dress in something comfortable, but long sleeves need to be fitted so they don’t dangle in their food,” she explained.

Jewelry that could fall into the recipe -- rings are a perfect example -- should also be removed before digging in.

Hicks said the plan is to hold the cooking class for kids once a month, on the last Saturday of each month.

“It will be a different dish each time,” she said.

The next one is scheduled for Aug. 29, and another on Sept. 26.

The Farmers’ Market is scheduled to close for the remainder of 2009 after Oct. 17.

“If we do it in October, it will be Oct. 17,” Hicks said.

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