The class will make use of Farragut Farm vegetables. Pictured here are kale and sweetnips from this year’s harvest. (Ari Snider/KFSK)

A new healthy cooking class is coming to Petersburg this summer, and there are still slots available for anyone who would like to participate.

The free classes are an offshoot of the Healthy Foods Healthy Families program that connects low income families with free vegetables from Farragut Farm. There will be three classes on Saturdays this summer: June 8th, July 20th, and August 17th. Anyone can sign up for the open slots.

Marja Smets, of Farragut Farm, says the classes are made possible by a grant from the Petersburg Community Foundation and are intended to teach easy, creative recipes.

“The focus really is to learn simple recipes that you know if you’re short on time, something you can whip together fast for your family with what you’ve got on hand,” Smets said. “It’s meant to be family friendly.”

The classes will be held in the Petersburg High School culinary arts room from 11 to 12:30. Local chef Alisa Jestel will teach a variety of simple recipes using Farragut Farm veggies.

The June 8th class is already full but anyone interested in participating in the next classes should email Smets at