Bake and Take Day in Kansas is a tradition that dates all the way back to the 1970, when it started as a community service project of the Kansas Wheathearts.
For those of you who don't remember how things were back then, women couldn't just set out to change the world. They worked through auxiliaries of the organizations where their husbands were leaders or members.
And so it was that the Kansas Wheathearts, an auxiliary organization of the Kansas Association of Wheat Growers, set out to generate goodwill in their communities by sharing baked goods with family, friends, neighbors, and those in need.
This idea became so successful that the Kansas Wheathearts created a nationwide Bake and Take day in 1973.
Bake and Take continues
Fast-forward to modern times and you find the Kansas Wheathearts disbanding in 2001. But Bake and Take was such a popular project that the Kansas Wheat Commission and Kansas Association of Wheat Growers picked up the torch to continue the event.
Bake and Take month continues as an invitation for home bakers of all ages to embrace the community spirit of baking. Participants in the annual event use their culinary skills to share baked goods with neighbors, friends, or people who may not be able to bake for themselves.
And Kansas Wheat makes sure that the top notch bakers get rewarded for their efforts.
This year Mardi Traskowsky of the L Prospecta 4-H club in Dickinson County was the winner of the Bake and Take drawing. Mardi hosted a snow and ice party for friends and family. She baked cinnamon rolls and French bread for the group to enjoy and helped her mother provide a meal. Mardi says her favorite person to take baked goods to is her grandfather, and she is always happy to add in some sand plum jelly with the bread she takes.
As the winner of the Kansas Wheat drawing, Mardi receives a book basket featuring the Home Baking Association's popular "Baking with Friends" cookbook by Kansas authors Charlene Patton and Sharon Davis. Other books featured in the package include: "Exploring Plants," a Kansas Crop Educators' Guide sponsored by the Kansas Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom; "Celebrate Wheat," a Kailey's Ag Adventure book from the Kansas Farm Bureau; and the Kansas Wheat Commission's "Kansas Gold," book, a 50-year history of the Kansas Wheat Commission complete with historical recipes.