11-year-old selling homemade lefse to purchase a horse

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BISMARCK, N.D. - Jana Carlson is only 11 years old and has been selling lefse for a little over a year.

Photo courtesy: Annie Carlson

With every $5 to $15 sale, Jana is a little closer to her a goal to purchase a horse.

A family tradition.

"My mom’s grandma, and my mom kind of made it, and then she learned to make it and then she said people go nuts for it," said Jana.

Being sold for a much larger investment.

"She is saving anywhere between three and five thousand dollars for a really good intermediate kids horse," said Annie Carlson, Jana’s mother.

Annie says it was important to teach her children to work for things they want.

"They have dreams, and those dreams take money. And so John and I are very committed to help our kids reach their dreams, but they do have to work towards it," said Annie.

The money put in the piggy bank will also benefit her future, which includes more horses.

"I want to go to college to learn to be a horse trainer, and mom says there's not a lot in the state, so I'm probably going to have to pay for gas and stuff along the way," said Jana.

After hard work and dedication, her long-term goal is only a short time away.

"She's really close, probably this weekend she'll meet her goal,” said Annie

Selling her way into a future, full of lefse and horses.

Jana says her and her mother spent five days making 900 lefse that they’re hoping to sell at The Big One Art and Craft Fair.

Jana’s lefse sold out five hours after the fair started, however she began taking order for Christmas.