Seasonal Cooking Demo - autumn

September 15, 2022

In this Seasonal Cooking Demo we began by sharing thoughts about seasons. We then watch a clip from a documentary about Edna Lewis’s influential perspective on eating fresh and seasonal food. Next, we visited a farmstand to see what is available in Autumn and shared recipes for cooking the produce we find. In the culinary activity, we walked through an apple tasting lesson that introduces students to apple varieties, drawing their attention to and developing their vocabulary about the many characteristics of apples. Finally, we made and tasted applesauce.

poultry farming

October 20, 2022

Our Poultry Farming workshop began with a presentation by Mike Webster, director of Tory Hill Dining, Tory works within the contract food service model to support the production, purchasing and preparation of locally and regionally grown food. Next, Will Conway, Manager of Stone Acres Farm, took us on a tour of the turkey pasture and talked with us about the benefits and challenges of poultry farming in Southeast CT. Next, Yellow Farmhouse staff shared resources about how eggs are produced and what the egg carton labels mean. Finally, we demonstrated a classroom activity about making sense of egg carton labels and how they impact our purchasing decisions.

local Procurement discussion

November 17, 2022

In this facilitated discussion, we’ll identify the challenges to procuring local food for culinary and FCS classrooms and brainstorm models for addressing them. We’ll also share resources for getting more Connecticut-grown products into Connecticut classrooms.