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.
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
This Workshop explored the possibilities and challenges of using local foods in culinary classrooms. Local food in culinary classrooms has the potential to improve flavor & nutrition, strengthen access to locally grown community connections, and improve the local economy..
GRAINS & BREAD
December 8, 2022
This program began with a discussion of grain in the Northeast. We learned that over 95% of the grain consumed in the NE today is grown industrially and shipped from the midwest. But that wasn’t always the case. Before 1825, most towns in the northeast had a grist mill where people ground homegrown grain into flour.