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Food & Drink published Nov. 26, 2021

The food and drink classes and farmers markets calendar is published weekly on Thursdays. Email submissions to by noon Monday.

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Cottage food producer

A cottage food producer food safety webinar will be offered via Zoom video meeting software from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4. It is also available as an online course. The course focuses on food safety practices for all processes covered under the Cottage Food Law including drying, baking, confections, jams and jellies, acid and acidified fruit and vegetables and fermentation.

Class participants will learn how to produce, package, label, store and transport a safe food product. And food safety experts will be available to answer questions.

The training meets the tier 2 ($5,001 to $78,000 in sales) training requirement of the Minnesota Department of Agriculture to register as a cottage food producer. Training is required every three years.

Advance registration is required. Fee is $50 per person. To register for the webinar or for the online course, go to . For more information, contact Lisa Haro at 320-203-6050 or .

Willmar Community Education

WILLMAR — Advance registration is required for all the classes, register online at or in person at Jefferson Learning Center.


Cookie art: Dec. 14, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Willmar Senior High School, cost of $20 for class with instructor Stacy Holwerda. Registration deadline is Nov. 30. Hands-on class where you will create your own edible masterpieces. All items provided and you will leave with six cookies. Bring a flat container, preferably 6 by 9 inches or larger as your frosting may still be wet. The theme for the class is holiday.

Holiday essential oils: Dec. 2, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Willmar Middle School, cost of $7 with instructor Kayla Brandt. Learn how to make homemade nontoxic gifts including bath salts, sugar scrubs, scented room sprays and roller balls. Your first product is included in the course fee, additional products are $5 each (no limit) and can be paid to the instructor during the class.

Essential oil make-and-take: Dec. 13, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Willmar Middle School, cost of $7 with instructor Kayla Brandt. Class will discuss the 10 most popular oils and Brandt will share her personal tips and tricks. Class will make and take some roller balls to bring home. First roller ball is included in the course fee, additional rollers are $5 each (no limit) and can be paid to the instructor during the class.

Italian cookies bake-along: Dec. 18, 10 a.m. to noon, online class for $30 with instructor Laura Scheck. Virtual presentation through Zoom making six-layer rainbow cookies and Italian lemon cookies. Tips on improving your cookie game, including proper measurement, egg separation and better understanding of methods like creaming and tempering.

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