Region 5: Getting Close to the End of the Summer!

The past couple of weeks have kept Region 5 Rising Stars busy! During the week of the 4th of July, all three of us interns were planning for upcoming events including Bike “N” Bite and Kids in the Kitchen.

Girls learning how to measure liquid in a measuring cup.

On Tuesday, July 2nd, we were given the opportunity to participate and assist in the 4-H Salsa Canning Workshop. The workshop was led by Woodbury Extension and Outreach Dietitian, Renee Swears. We learned how to make salsa in a jar and the process of canning food. We also had the chance to bake homemade tortilla chips. There were six 4-Hers who participated and each got to make two jars of homemade salsa. The three of us also got to make our own salsa, and I will be entering mine in Open Class at the Woodbury County Fair.

Chopping vegetables for the salsa.
The finished product!

During the past two weeks, we had the opportunity to teach two lessons at the West Monona School Garden. We went out to the school’s garden and had the kids smell herbs and look at the different plants growing. During those lessons, we did an activity and a food demo for the kids. We made a berry smoothie and strawberry salsa.

Rising Stars messing around before the show.

On Tuesday, July 9th, the three of us were invited to do a live segment on KTIV News Channel. Claire demonstrated how to make strawberry salsa and cinnamon tortilla chips while Gustavo and I assisted Matt Breen on the blender bike and spoke about Bike “N” Bite.

Allison and Gustavo showing Matt Breen how to use the blender bike.
Two bicyclists trying the final bite!

Saturday, July 13th was the day we hosted Bike “N” Bite at the Sioux City Farmers Market. There were 11 local restaurants and farmers market vendors that participated in the event. About 75 people biked around Sioux City receiving bites such as strawberry crepes, authentic tacos, fresh donuts, and more. We even had Cy down at the farmers market promoting the event and taking pictures with kids.

Two bicyclists are ready to take on the route.

What a great two weeks in Region 5! Stay tuned for the rest of the summer!

Allison Bermel