10.5.2023 Kids Cooking Challenge Registration Deadline Approaching • Fall Lessons in Full Swing

Kids Cooking Challenge
Registration Deadline Approaching  

The mystery ingredients have been chosen. Our judges are ready. We just need you to register for the one and only GROW Kids Cooking Challenge. This year’s event is sure to inspire your creativity and your taste buds.The event is simple, just register online for beginner or advanced mystery ingredients by the end of the day Sunday, October 8th.  Then drive up to the front door of the greenhouse between 3 to 6 pm, Thursday, October 12th to pick up your mystery ingredient bag.  Take your ingredients home and start brainstorming how you can make a meal using all of the items in the bag and only 5 additional ingredients from your own kitchen.  Take pictures of the cooking process and of your final dish.  Submit your recipe and photos to our web page by midnight, Sunday, October 15th for a chance to win a prize package.Young chefs can participate as a team with friends or siblings, or as an individual.  Families are encouraged to take this challenge on together.  We all win when kids explore health ingredients!
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Fall Garden Lessons

It has been a beautiful start to the school year.  Our educators have been meeting with students in all of the school gardens for hands-on garden lessons.  The lessons continue our theme, “GROWing Healthy Minds, Bodies and Soil.”  In their first visit to the garden students learned about the life cycle of the sunflower and all of the many ways this plant contributes to our food and ecosystems.  A sunflower seed based pesto was made and tested by the students.  This taste test included other freshly harvested garden items as well.  So many students were excited to sample a variety of produce.

The second lesson this fall is “Herbalicious!”  Students are learning about the diversity of herbs that can be grown in a garden and the difference between spices and herbs used to flavor food.  This lesson uses the senses to see, feel, smell and taste herbs.  A garden scavenger hunt helps students explore their gardens in a search for herbs.  Herb-flavored popcorn is the star of this lesson.  Students mix up a batch of whole-grain deliciousness seasoned with spices and fresh basil. 

The third lesson of the season will start later this month.  It will focus on MyPlate, making balanced meals and preparing the gardens for winter.  

You can find the recipes from these lessons below.  Let us know if you try any at home!
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