Thursday, October 31, 2013
When the fog rolls in, a hushed silence fills the garden and the spider webs are outlined with dew. They are really quite beautiful. But it's also easy to see how many spiders we have and how outnumbered we are...
Spooky sounds are everywhere this time of year. The fallen leaves make a delightful "crunchy" sound as you walk through them. And they smell deliciously of brown sugar--especially as you walk through a big pile! The wind blows through branches, bringing creaks and groans from the tall trees, and rustles the decaying sunflowers and corn stalks in a way that makes you feel as though you aren't alone in the garden after all...
And really, we aren't alone in the garden. We are surrounded by insect life, Decomposers, Producers and of course our SOP Students--who are wonderful garden Consumers. So, for whatever holiday you celebrate this time of year, enjoy the spooky sounds, beautiful sights and delicious gifts of the Fall garden.
Monday, October 28, 2013
|tasting yummy garden treats like broccoli flowers|
The students start in the garden tasting different foods and harvesting ingredients for their cooking project.
|...and leeks (or is it a garden octopus hat??)|
Once they have harvested the ingredients, they head over to the kitchen to work with our IslandWood chefs and create a delicious (and nutritious!) garden snack. Potato Leek Latkes have been a Fall favorite. Here is the recipe so you can create this delicious snack at home!
Potato Leek Latkes
9 Potatoes (medium-sized)
½ c. Flour
2 ½ tsp. Salt
1 ½ tsp. Black pepper
½ c. Canola oil (or any frying oil)
1. Peel the potatoes and grate them into a bowl lined with cheese cloth. Bring the ends of the cheese cloth together and twist to squeeze out as much liquid from the potatoes as possible. Then transfer the grated potatoes into a large mixing bowl. (You can also press the liquid out through a colander if you don’t have cheese cloth).
2. Trim the root and leafs from the leeks and discard. Cut leeks once length-wise, then use scissors to snip leeks into fine shreds. Add to potatoes.
3. Crack the eggs into a bowl and whisk until smooth. Add the whisked eggs to the potatoes and leeks and stir gently.
4. Add the flour, salt, and black pepper.
5. Stir all ingredients until well mixed and presto, delicious Latke Mix!
With the help of an adult, heat the oil in a large heavy-bottomed skillet at a medium-high temperature until hot. Place large spoonfuls of Latke mix into the hot oil and press down on the top to form ¼ - ½ inch patties. Fry until the edges are golden brown, then flip and repeat (usually about 2 ½ - 3 minutes per side). Carefully remove the Latkes and place on a wire rack or paper towel to drain any excess oil.
Serve warm and Enjoy!
|Potato leek latke with herb sour cream, baked cinnamon apple sauce and kale chips. With fresh garden tea to drink. All ingredients found in the garden and prepared in the kitchen!|
Thursday, October 17, 2013
|Team Cloud from Forest Ridge Elementary|
They gathered some rosemary...
Cheers to yummy plants, hot tea and friends!
Monday, October 7, 2013
|Scarlet runner beans growing up sunflower stalks|
While exploring and tasting the garden, some of our students noticed the dried, brown pods hanging from their sunflower poles. The kids were certain that what we were seeing was "dead peas". Hmmm, I wondered, perhaps we should harvest and take a look inside...
I wish I could have recorded the 'oohs' and 'aaahs' that were exclaimed as we opened the bean pods.
Beautiful, brightly colored beans emerged from very "dead-looking" pods and truly enchanted the children. The bright pink, purple and navy blue colors were unexpected to find inside such a dull wrapper.
And with this kind of excitement generated by the harvesting of bean pods, we must truly proclaim them "Magic Beans".
|Scarlet runner beans!|
Tuesday, October 1, 2013
|Team Lightning from Bryant Elementary|
|Mikaylah from Team Rain with her "baby zucchini"|
|Members of Team Wave from Armin Jahr|
We are just getting started with the school year but look forward to a year full of garden projects and lots of good tasting, playing and learning together!