Farm to table classes at the 2014 Elkhart County 4-H Fair teach healthy eating

July 22, 2014

Food always tastes better when you make it yourself.

Caleb Struble-Hedstrom of North Manchester, 5, agreed with an emphatic nod and a mouthful of taco at the Farm to Table Cooking Class on Monday, July 21.

ecfair2014_lucchese_
Caleb Struble-Hedstrom of North Manchester holds his plate for Zach Lucchese's taco filling at the Farm to Table Cooking Class on July 21, 2014 at the Elkhart County 4-H Fair. Kate Stoltzfus/Flavor 574

Struble-Hedstrom was one of 12 children who participated in a healthy cooking class at the Elkhart County 4-H Fair.

Zach Lucchese, executive chef at Swan Lake Resort, taught the group how to make tacos with ground beef, cabbage, tomato, onion and cilantro. The kids also learned about the ingredients, which came from Clay Bottom Farm, and took a tour of the 4-H garden at Young McDonald’s Farm.

“I have four little kids, so I wanted to make something that grows out of the garden and something my kids would eat,” Lucchese said. “I think they really liked them.”

The classes are an opportunity to teach children about healthier food, said Sara Granberg, a member of the Fair Board and organizer of the event.

“Most kids have no idea their food doesn’t grow at the grocery store,” Granberg said. “Food is healthier when it comes from your backyard. It’s important to get back to grassroots.”

A pizza-making class will be held at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 23, at Young McDonald’s Farm, hosted by Paul Cataldo of Antonio’s.

There will also be a "Snacks in the Garden" kids’ activity Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., featuring five build-your-own snack stations set up around the youth ag area. Stations include veggie cups and fruit lemonade from Goshen Farmer's Market, trail mix from Whole Foods, popcorn from Northwood FFA, and salsa and chips from ModMex.

In the evening, the Taste of the Garden pop-up restaurant is open to fair-goers of all ages with fresh foods prepared by local chefs from 5 to 7 p.m. July 21, 22 and 23 in the garden next to Young McDonald’s Farm.

Share

Recommended for You

 
Related Stories

Surprisingly, it’s not as difficult (or tasteless) as it may sound.

Read More
 
Recipes
0321_fried_cauliflower_UNK
0

This Meatless Monday, you may want to make two servings of this snack, because it’s gonna disappear quickly.

Read More
 

Many events have been planned to mark the first anniversary, including the release of their first bottled beer, an anniversary double IPA

Read More
 

National Nutrition Month is the perfect time to think about how herbs and spices can add variety to your healthy meals and allow you to experiment with new flavors.

Read More
 

Planning meals in advance will save you from rushing around at the last minute, and will allow you to prep food with the whole family, giving you quality time in the kitchen.

Read More