Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Our first garden to kitchen day!

I hope you are all ready for our first Arctic Blast, it is going to be a chilly night!  Luckily, our vegetables all like the cold and will not be too bothered by the cooler temperatures, although the tomatoes might get a bit droopy...

So I am pleased to report that we had our first kitchen to garden experience with Mrs. Mann and Ms. Conant's classes.  The kids came out to the garden and helped harvest the lettuce that we used to make our delicious and nutritious smoothies.  We used the fresh herb mix for our pizza's that we had prepared by picking the basil and oregano from the garden, drying it and grinding it up into a spice mix.  The kids all helped to make the pizzas and did a great job enjoying them as well!  We were able to observe how something can go from a solid to liquid state while we were making our smoothies and how heat changed the state of the pizzas!

I am looking forward to working with 2nd grade and their vegetable soup project as well as with the 3rd grade who are to thank for all the delicious green beans that have been growing!

Please let me know if you would like to have a green smoothie day with your class or perhaps some fresh lettuce wraps as we have lots of lettuce that needs to be eaten, or perhaps a faculty member would like some fresh lettuce for a salad!

I will be in the garden this Friday if you would like to schedule a time for an activity, I have some great books and other ideas for investigations for older grades as well.

See you Friday!

Here are some pictures from this past week as well as the recipe for "green" smoothies.

2 cups of chopped lettuce, spinach or kale
2 cups of Vanilla Almond milk
1 bag of frozen fruit, mango, banana and pinneapple mix
Sweeten with honey or agave syrup to taste, we used 2 tablespoons
Mr. Ferriante tending to garden!

Happy bean plants and flowering cucumber plants.

You can see the bean plant is almost half way up the fence!

Yummy green smothies!

Our work in progress.

Nothing like fresh spices on a pizza!

Even our youngest garden helper loved his snack!

Our bountiful harvest.

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