Frittata: the solution to a crisper drawer full of produce

Wondering what to do with a few extra leaves of kale, half a pepper, a lonely green onion, and maybe a sweet potato? Make a frittata! 

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Pickles!

Cucumbers are easy to grow and fun to pick. While they are delicious to eat raw, if you find yourself with an abundance of cucumbers, make pickles! 

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Hey, Ranch is Delicious!

Do your kids just really love ranch? Try making your own! This recipe is an opportunity to use fresh dill, and is a great recipe for kids to help with.

 

 

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Ranch, Take a Seat: Hummus is the Ultimate Raw Veggie Companion

My young cafeteria memories are peppered with the sound of banging trays, the difficulty of opening a cardboard milk carton, and of course, ranch. Ranch in packets, ranch in large bottles, ranch in little plastic cups. Whether it’s carrots, broccoli, cucumber, or any other raw vegetable, ranch seems to be the go-to condiment.

However, teaching children at such a young age to always associate ranch with raw vegetables misses an opportunity to introduce so many other delicious options. Sometimes, hopefully kids can learn to love raw veggies on their own for all their crunchy wonderfulness. Want something else to dip? Try hummus!

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Fresh Herbs, Fresh Smells!

Plants are a great opportunity for sensory exploration, especially smell! And what better way to explore smell than with herbs? 

 

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Local Food Sourcing During COVID-19

Supporting local foods systems is so important. Here’s how to do it safely. 

Like so many things, shopping for food in the age of COVID-19 doesn’t look like it used to. However, COVID-19 is also reminding us how important it is to support local food systems. 

The following suggestions were pulled from the Minnesota Farmers Market Association and local farmers, and we hope they’ll help you navigate local food sourcing for your family and others you care for this growing season.

 

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Support BIPOC Authors and Businesses with these Books for Kids

Summer is a great time for kids to learn about food, and books are a great way to help them do that. Here are some of our favorite titles, as well as a variety of local and/or BIPOC-owned bookstores where you can buy them.

Books:

  • Lenny in the Garden by Ken Wislon-Max
  • Grandma Lena’s Big ‘Ol Turnip by Denia Hester
  • City Green by DyAnne DiSalvo-Ryan

Check out this list of BIPOC-authored children’s books about food: https://bit.ly/BIPOCbooksf2ece

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Books, Books, Books

Our state and our country are grappling with what it truly means to work toward justice, both collectively and individually. This has implications for every corner, and considering how we show up and what information we share. One small step to help think about so many things is books. Books provide a tangible way to have conversations about all sorts of things, and farm to early care is no different! 

If you are interested in expanding your library with more farm to early care books, the Food Trust has a Multicultural Collection of Farm to Early Care Books. Thinking about representation in food and farming books is one small way to start conversations. If you are interested in adult books, Food Corps has a book list with some great recommendations. 

Order your books from your local bookstore. If you don't know one, consider order from the amazing bookstore down the street from our offices, Moon Palace Books is shipping! 

 

What books have you read and loved? 

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Communal Gardening during Covid-19

Does your school or early care use gardening as an educational tool? It's a great way to learn more about how food is grown and to get fresh air and physical activity outside, and can complement many other learning areas.

During Covid-19, there are a number of important things to keep in mind. Please watch the video below to learn more.

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Farm Babies

Have you seen the (virtual) Farm Babies at the Minnesota Zoo? Check them out!

https://mnzoo.org/farmbabies-3/

One of the zookeepers even reads stories to the baby animals.

Reading is such a great way to learn about farms, animals, and where food is grown. 'A Farmer's Life for Me' is a great book for little ones talking about life on a farm, and it is put to a song in their YouTube video: 

 

What are your favorite books about farms or food? 

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