Farm to School, September 2019 – Garden Treats Made Sweet by Heat
By Kayli O’Donnell
Across South Burlington, our community (on both small and large scales) has been investing time and care into our soils and food-plants. Whether you bought tomatoes from a farm stand or spent the summer tending to your community garden, you gave to the flourishing local food system of our area. Some of us have devoted our summers to caring for our land, and right now we are experiencing the huge reciprocal gifts from that care: tomatoes, spinach, green beans, eggplants, peppers, scallions, oregano, peppermint, MY-OH-MY!
Our lesson this month is grounded in the reciprocal relationship we have with our food-plants. We will be talking through all the ways we give to plants to allow them to flourish, and then we will recognize the gifts in the foods we’re eating in our taste test (which the students will harvest themselves out of the school garden), like keeping us from getting sick or keeping our skin soft and healthy.
All of the school gardens look so beautiful this year! Our thanks to those of you who put in the care you did so we could have a lesson like this one, which relies totally on the delicious fruits and veggies already at the schools. We are lucky to have people in our community willing to take on such a timely task.
Here is what we’re up to this month in Farm to School:
September 2019: Garden Treats Made Sweet by Heat
- harvesting basket, colander and bowl, cutting boards, plastic knives and wavy hand cutters, wooden spoon, induction burner
Location: School Garden
Today’s Taste Test:
- Half of an Onion (from Common Roots Farm)
- 2 cloves of Garlic (from Common Roots Farm)
- 1 Sweet Pepper (from Common Roots Farm)
These will caramelize while the harvest is underway…
Stations for preparation:
- Chopping Kale, or any greens that the garden has to offer
- Slicing Tomatoes in half
- Chopping Zucchini
- Chopping Carrots
Onion and Garlic give the gifts of flavor, sulfur (protects body from harmful molecules), and protection against illness.
Peppers give the gifts of freshness, sweetness, and lots of vitamin C, which boosts your immune system.
Carrots give the gifts of crunch, sweetness, and vitamin A, which is a protector, promotes glowing skin, and helps eyes capture light.
Peas give the gift of protein, a Grow Food, and vitamin K, which promotes healing and helps your liver so it can filter your blood and keep it clean. Peas also help the soil by adding soil bacteria, which fixes nitrogen!
From object to awe, awe to respect, respect to gratitude, and gratitude to reciprocation.