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What’s Cooking at the Harvest Market?

The Harvest Market cooked up some fun with a special cooking demo and tasting during its market on September 20th. September is Hunger Action Month, a month devoted to taking action and raising awareness on the hunger issue. A wonderful SNAP-Education Program Assistant from the OSU Extension Office took action against hunger and volunteered her time to come to our market and prepare a meal. She made a sweet potato apple bake. This recipe can be made as a hot side dish or treated as a desert.

“Snap-Ed has an important role in improving the nutrition of Ohio’s SNAP participants. By taking that one step they are improving their health, the health of their families through better food choices.”
-Meredith, OSU-Extension Office Fulton County, Snap-Education Program Assistant

Cooking Demo at the Harvest Market

This low cost, easy to make recipe was a hit with all of our shoppers at the market. What is even better is that the produce we offered at our market coincided with the recipe. So, qualifying shoppers were able to walk away with sweet potatoes and apples for free and make this recipe on their own if they so desired! The Harvest Market, a mobile grocery store on wheels, is servicing rural communities in Northwest Ohio. The mission of the market is to increase access to healthy food choices with an emphasis on serving those least served in a food desert. Additionally, we understand the importance of providing nutrition education to our shoppers because in order for our shoppers to actually implement these lifestyle changes towards a healthier living they need to know how to actually use and cook with the healthier food options. When several shoppers are being introduced to many of our produce items for the first time, providing education is key. That is why cooking demos and recipes are so important. It helps our shoppers learn basic nutrition as well as ways that they can turn their produce and shelf-stable items into delicious, healthy meals that are both cost effective and easy to make.

What is the Harvest Market?

Click here to learn more about the Harvest Market.

More questions about the Harvest Market?

Contact Shelley Crossley at scrossley@toledofoodbank.org or 419-242-5000 ext. 212.

Interested in how you can help?

Contact our Harvest Market Community Outreach Coordinator, Kaimyn Paszko at kpaszko@toledofoodbank.org or 419-242-5000 ext.221.

Baked Apples and Sweet Potatoes

Makes: 6 servings

Total Cost: $$/$$$$

Layer sweet potatoes and apples to make this sweet and satisfying hot side dish.


  • sweet potatoes (cooked)
  • apple
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup margarine
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg (or cinnamon)
  • 1/4 cup hot water
  • 2 tablespoons honey


  1. Boil 5 sweet potatoes in water until they are almost tender.
  2. After the sweet potatoes cool, peel and slice them.
  3. Peel the apples. Remove the cores, and slice the apples.
  4. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  5. Grease the casserole dish with butter or margarine.
  6. Put a layer of sweet potatoes on the bottom of the dish.
  7. Add a layer of apple slices.
  8. Add some sugar, salt, and tiny pieces of margarine to the apple layer.
  9. Repeat steps 6, 7, and 8 to make more layers of sweet potatoes, apples, and sugar/salt.
  10. On the top layer of apples, sprinkle the rest of the brown sugar and margarine pieces.
  11. Sprinkle the top layer with nutmeg.
  12. Mix the hot water and honey together. Pour the mix over the top layer.
  13. Bake for about 30 minutes until apples are tender.

Source - What’s Cooking? USDA Mixing Bowl

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