When was the last time you baked something – from scratch or from a mix – for a friend or neighbor?
That’s the question organizers of this year’s Bake and Take Month are asking wheat lovers and foodies who may be over due for some time in the kitchen baking fresh bread, muffins, cookies or pies.
The purpose of Bake and Take Month is to encourage participants to bake a wheat product and take it to a neighbor, friend or relative, says Cindy Falk, nutrition educator of Kansas Wheat and coordinator of Bake and Take Month.
Falk said Bake and Take Day began in 1970 as a community service project of the Sumner County Kansas Wheathearts, which was then an auxiliary organization of the Kansas Association of Wheat Growers.
Wheatheart participants set out to share baked goods with family members, friends, neighbors and those in need, generating goodwill in the community. The idea of a community member sharing a favorite recipe with someone special became so successful that the Kansas Wheathearts created a national Bake and Take Day celebration in 1973.
Even though the Kansas Wheathearts disbanded in 2001, the tradition continues to be supported by Kansas Wheat and grower associations across the United States. For instance, 4,000 Bake and Take recipes have been distributed to 4-H clubs, church groups, school groups and individuals in North Dakota alone.
The highlight of Bake and Take Month, Bake and Take Day, is traditionally the fourth Saturday of March, which is March 24 this year.
This year’s Bake and Take recipes are for cheese sticks and 100 percent whole wheat sugar cookies. Both recipes are available at http://www.ndwheat.com/consumers/default.asp?ID=410.
Additional recipes are available from the following wheat groups:
- the Wheat Foods Council, http://www.wheatfoods.org/recipes.
- Kansas Wheat, http://kansaswheat.org/recipes.php.
- the North Dakota Wheat Commission, http://www.ndwheat.com/consumers/.
- the South Dakota Wheat Commission, http://www.sdwheat2.org/html/recipe.cfm.
- the Idaho Wheat Commission, http://www.idahowheat.org/info/recipes.asp.
- the Home Baking Association, www.homebaking.org.
Participants who share their stories of the Bake and Take experience with the Kansas Wheat Commission by April 16 will be entered into a random drawing for a gift basket or a cookbook.
More about the contest is at http://www.kswheat.com/consumerspageid298_BakeandTakeMonth.shtml.