During February school vacation, let the kids cook – The Boston Globe

21inverrill - Jen Verrill Faddoul prepares a student for cooking class (Anne Cushman)

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Jennifer Verrill Faddoul prepared a student for the cooking class.

The fields are covered in snow, but Verrill Farm in Concord is warming up February by getting kids into the kitchen. The family-owned stand will hold two cooking classes ($25 per student) during school vacation week for aspiring chefs in first through sixth grades. Past menus included savory empanadas, beef-and-rice-stuffed kale, and fun desserts like cupcakes and whoopie pies.

The farm has been offering the classes aimed at teaching skills and confidence in a fun, laid-back atmosphere for seven years. The 1½-hour workshops are led by the chefs and bakers of the prepared-foods department. Age-appropriate cooking projects involve hands-on participation and students get to take their creations home to share with mom and dad. “The kids get really excited,” says Jennifer Verrill Faddoul, 49, partner and head of baking. “It’s a rewarding feeling when you see their reaction.”

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In addition to the classes, other food-related activities for the whole family include a hearty pancake breakfast with bacon, sausage, and local maple syrup ($8 adults, $4 children under 10) on Feb. 7 in the heated greenhouse, and more for Mardi Gras and Valentine’s Day. So many ways to keep warm. Verrill Farm, 11 Wheeler Road, Concord, 978-369-4494, www.verrillfarm.com.

CLAUDIA CATALANO

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