CONYERS — Who knew vegetables could be so delicious? The Rockdale County UGA Extension Office had its “Fun with Fresh Food” summer finale last Thursday at the Nancy Guinn Memorial Library courtyard.

Over the course of seven weeks, the Extension’s Family Consumer Science department has held live, kid-friendly cooking demonstrations to help introduce fresh and healthy vegetable-based meals to local families.

The program was founded and given the name “Rockdale Eats a Rainbow” in 2018.

“We’ve had a great season with average attendance of 130 people each week and families learning to enjoy bell peppers, sweet potatoes, bananas, zucchini, blueberries and even eggplant,” said UGA FCS agent Marybeth Hornbeck. ”A parent who follows a vegan-friendly diet told me she’s been super veggie centric for two years and still learns something every time she comes to a demo.”

At the finale, patrons learned how to make delicious eggplant pasta and personal cheese pizzas. Hornbeck had several volunteers help her create the entrees.

At the end, each attendee was invited to try the dishes and then vote on their favorite.

“I like that the recipes are easy, fun and convenient,” said Felicia Boothe, a regular demo attendee. “I feel that the dishes will keep me proactive in the kitchen without having to stress over fancy techniques or over-priced ingredients.”

Though the “Fun with Fresh Food” has come to its seasonal end, the Extension Office is still putting in work.

The annual Food and Science Fest will be held on Saturday, Sept. 14, 10 a.m.- 2p.m. The location will be announced at a later date.

You can keep up with other activities, programs and the recipes from the Fresh Food demos on the Rockdale UGA Extension Office Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ugaextensionrockdalecounty.

UGA Cooperative Extension is a collaboration between Georgia county governments, the USDA and the University of Georgia’s Colleges of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences and Family & Consumer Sciences.

The mission of UGA Cooperative Extension is to extend lifelong learning to the people of Georgia through unbiased, research-based education in agriculture, the environment, communities, youth and families. Backed up by UGA Specialists and a network of resources, Extension Agents have been on the job in Georgia since 1914.