The Garden to Market Club made its first Farmers’ Market appearance of the season last week on Wednesday, July 1. Although there were some bumps to smooth out and cobwebs to shake off from last summer, it was an all-around successful first day! The kids met in the school garden and harvested kale, spinach, radishes, lemon balm, and rhubarb before heading to the market. Additionally, a few strawberries from our patch were finally ripe, but they didn’t quite make it to the market as we decided the benefit of enjoying the fresh and juicy sweetness greatly outweighed that of making a few more dollars from selling them. However, strawberries are officially in season, so at the market, the Garden to Market stand also offered samples and copies of the recipe for our homemade, low sugar, no pectin strawberry jam.
In addition to harvesting and selling at the market last week, the kids learned about eating fresh and local in Iron County by looking at the tradition surrounding food in Ojibwe culture and health benefits of fresh fruits and vegetables. They prepared and tasted sun-butter (sunflower seed spread) and spinach smoothies that will be for sample at the market with the recipes the next two Wednesdays. The samples were such a nourishing and delicious snack that they performed their sweet dance moves for the summer interns!
– Rissa Lane, N.E.F.S.E. Intern