Locally Delicious: A Weekly Video Series & Kids Cooking Program
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Over the course of 2020, three Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) Agents, Sarah Ware from Jones and Onslow Counties, Michelle Estrada from Wayne County, and Kelly Tyndall from Lenoir County, collaborated to design and promote eight unique cooking programs. One of these cooking programs is called Locally Delicious. Locally Delicious is a video series that involves a weekly video, highlighting a locally grown fruit or vegetable and showing how to cook it using a simple recipe. In under two minutes, you can find out all the ingredients and steps necessary to complete a quick and easy meal, snack, or drink. The video also shares nutritional facts about the featured fruit or vegetable. The program now has 42 completed recipe videos available on the Jones County YouTube page, and the Jones and Onslow Family and Consumer Science Program of NC State Extension, Lenoir County, and Wayne County Facebook pages.
Within a few months, Locally Delicious expanded into another program more well suited for a younger audience: Locally Delicious: Kids Edition. This was a six-week, free virtual class held last summer for children aged 3-7 years old and their parents.
Each class focused on an in-season fruit or vegetable. Participants learned how it grows, nutritional facts, and how to cook or eat it. Parents were provided with a supply list for a certain recipe prior to the class so the kids could fully engage. “We would have them try it raw, then make a simple recipe, have a craft associated with the produce, read a story, and sing and dance,” said Sarah Ware, FCS Agent for Jones and Onslow Counties. The children also learned how to kindly comment on how they felt about the class’s fruit or vegetable and recipe by giving a thumbs up or thumbs down. One of the parents let Sarah know that their child continues to utilize this system when at the dinner table!
At the end of the six weeks, the FCS Agents received excellent feedback about the program. All of the participating parents commented on how much fun they had spending quality educational time with their children and how their child would have never tried the produce on their own without the class. As a result of this, the Agents have decided to introduce Locally Delicious: Kids Edition to childcare facilities. On March 29, the Agents hosted a workshop for educators on how to deliver the program in their classrooms.