The Grand Rapids Downtown Market offers a variety of ways to expand your local food knowledge

Bacon, breakfast and beer are just a few of the topics in this diverse menu of workshops.

If one of your New Year’s resolutions is healthy eating, improving your cooking skills or getting your kids engaged in meal preparation, check out the listing of classes offered by the Downtown Market in Grand Rapids. Classes are located in their large Banquet Room, the intimate hands-on teaching kitchen, and in the roof top greenhouse.

One of the most popular January classes is Bacon Boot Camp on Friday Jan. 24 from 6 – 9 p.m. for $65 per person, which includes a three-course meal stuffed with the salty, cured pork strips. Other cooking technique classes offered include: Eating Local in the Winter, Plant Based Cheese Making, Cooking with Beer, Braising, Stewing, Poaching 101, and Herbs and Spices 101. Scholarships are available for many classes. There are also scholarships for Downtown Market classes.

Teens are invited to two classes designed for them: breakfast for dinner and lunch creations. Both are on Tuesdays from 5:30 – 7 p.m. for $40 per person, which includes all ingredients and recipes.

Greenhouse classes include Garden Planning on Thursday, February 6 from 6 – 7 p.m. for $15 per person and a family gardening class on Growing Your Palate with Herbs on Saturday, February 22 from noon – 1:30 p.m. for $20.

Michigan State University Extension has an office at the Downtown Market where two Community Food System Educators and one MSU Product Center Counselor are housed. MSUE Programs at the Downtown Market include: and a workshop series for market tenants on wholesale sales and distribution in January and February, a Lunch & Learn session in March on home gardening best practices, a Cottage Food Law class and a ServSafe workshop. For current news and updates about MSU Extension programs at the Downtown Market, like us on Facebook

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