This Saturday, Eat Local Sudbury is holding a workshop to encourage children to cook and think about the food they eat.

Ella Myers, who will help run the workshop, said organizers want to encourage kids to talk about local food, to teach them basic food preparation skills and how to make healthy food choices.

Ella Myers

Ella Myers, with Eat Local Sudbury, is one of the people helping to run a course about teaching children to cook. (Hilary Duff/CBC)

“A lot of kids don’t really know where their food comes from,” she said. “If you even ask older children in high school where their meal came from, a lot of them will have no idea.”

Myers is no stranger to cooking, adding she started at a young age.

“My mom was a caterer,” she said. “We were always helping out in the kitchen.”

The workshop will feature local foods, including mushrooms, tomatoes, zucchini, and peppers — as well as one many children may not recognize: kohlrabi.

“It’s relatively unknown,” she said. “It’s a brassica and it’s related to broccoli and cabbage.”

The event takes place Saturday, July 26,  10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. at the Parkside Center, 140 Durham St., in Sudbury, which is located inside the YMCA.

The classes are free for members of Eat Local Sudbury and the cost to non-members is $5.

Reserve your place in advance by calling Ella at 705-521-6717.