Giving a home-baked gift is a great way to show someone you care, but it can be even better when you could win a prize for doing so.
This March, the Kansas Wheat Commission is teaming up with the Home Baking Association to promote Bake and Take Month. For more than 40 years, Bake and Take Month has been an opportunity to celebrate relationships with friends and family by baking and sharing treats.
"The purpose of Bake and Take Month is to encourage participants to bake a product made from wheat and take it to a neighbor, friend or relative," said Cindy Falk, nutrition educator of Kansas Wheat and coordinator of Bake and Take Month.
Participants who share their stories of the Bake and Take experience with the Kansas Wheat Commission by April 15, will be entered into a drawing for a "book bundle" prize including the Home Baking Associations' popular "Baking with Friends" cookbook by Kansas authors Charlene Patton and Sharon Davis. The prize will also include "Kansas Gold," a 50-year history of the Kansas Wheat Commission complete with historical recipes and a $100 King Arthur Flour gift card donated by the Kansas Wheat Commission.
"Bake and Take Month has a long tradition in Kansas as a promotion designed to educate consumers in the importance of home baking and wheat foods consumption," Falk said. "The personal visit to members of the community is as rewarding and important as the baked goods you take them."
Falk recommends trying Brown and Serve Rolls to share with friends and family for Bake and Take Month. For this recipe and more ideas for Bake and Take Month visit www.americasbreadbasket.com or like America's Breadbasket on Facebook.
Bake and Take Day began in 1970 as a community service project of the Kansas Wheathearts in Sumner County. The Kansas Wheathearts, an auxiliary organization of the Kansas Association of Wheat Growers, 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. Although the Kansas Wheathearts disbanded in 2001, the tradition continues to be supported by KWC and KAWG.
To be eligible for the "book bundle" prize pack, participants of Bake and Take month should visit www.kswheat.com and under the "Consumers" section, click on Bake and Take Month. For a hard copy of the entry form, write to Kansas Wheat, 1990 Kimball Ave, Manhattan, KS 66502.
Contest participants should include the following information: name, organization (4-H club, FCE, church group, etc.), phone number, mailing address, and a note describing the Bake and Take activity. Entries must be postmarked by Monday, April 15, 2014.