Our Mission is Education for All Ages

For Kids 

In The Garden

Many seeds are being planted indoors or in green houses right now across the world! What do you want your garden to be like this year? Do you like forts? Here is a different way to make a fort to lay low Sunflowerhousekidsin during the Luffa-Bike-Wheel-Trellis-8hottest part of the day in the summer - a sunflower house. 

Do you like wheels? Well they too can be used in your garden. Plants like beans, cucumbers and gourds will climb them!

In the Kitchen

Make these hot cross buns in line with the Spring Equinox and Easter celebrations'. And learn the song to sing while you create! Peeps Houses by Yesterfood 2

Whether you eat them or not you can make Homes for those marshmallow “Peeps”

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Do you have fingers and thumbs? Yes, well you can make these bunnies and chicks then! You may also need a pen and some finger paint

For Community

In the Garden: Build an Edible Garden Sunflower House, in sync with market educator, Amanda as she starts one from seed with sunflower-houselocal families in a community garden in the Mayacamas.  Here are some steps to help you and your kids along the way.

Here are the sunflowers recommended for growing tall sunflowers: Mammoth Gray Striped, Giant White-seeded SunFlower, and Russian Mammoth. We will also mix in “Tiger’s Eye” Sunflower and “Sunflower Teddy Bear.”

Other edibles to incorporate in the garden, kids will love are Ground Cherries, Blue Berry Tomatoes and Scarlet Runner Beans. Kids love the red flowers of these beans. Scarlet Runner photo

gourd-tennessee-dancing-spinningAlso popular by the children and being incorporated into the Kid’s sunflower house are: Tennessee Spinning Gourd,  Kids will be happy spinning them like a top, true to their name. The hope is that the beans, gourds, small vining tomatoes, along with climbing “Trombetta” Squash, “Lemon” and “Dragon’s Egg Cucumber” will create shady walls to the tepees kids can also hide out from the summer sun in.Plantcompanions

And for use in the garden, beyond the sunflower house, learn to design with “companion planting” in mind.

In the Kitchen

Put your local farm eggs to good use at dinner time. Here is a great recipe for Spaghetti Carbonara, Add some spring taste, adding peas, green garlic, spring onion, fennel and fresh herbs. 

In the Neighborhood and with our support - The Food of Love Teen Cooking Program

 Check out this mini-documentary about the Food of Love Teen’s Cooking Program, made by Pacific Union College Film students. img 0703 1


The Food of Love is always open to new teens interested in cooking and making a difference. Teens can join in on this cooking project of The St. Helena Hospital and Napa Valley Youth Advocacy community group, after school on Tuesdays and during the summer to help "Food of Love" cook for St. Helena Hospital's cancer patients. Teen Volunteers are needed for set-up and cooking from 3:30 to 6:00 p.m. and with clean-up from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. If interest in volunteering contact Tom Amato:  If any kids or families are interested in donating fruits/veggies for this program, or have fruits/veggies that can be gleaned by volunteers, please contact Amanda Tuttle - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Teens just may find Market Educator Amanda Tuttle there, helping with the cooking and teaching and Market Manager Ed Smith, who often wraps up for the evening with clean up.

Community Outreach

Sample of 2014/2015 Educational Programs completed at the Market or in the Classroom.

January 2015: "Oaks and Acorns with the First People," with Fourth Grade Classrooms at St. Helena Elementary. This program was a blend of nature connection in an oak grove, storytelling, an informative slide show, and hands-on stations where kids pounded acorn into flour and made acorn biscuits.

December 2014: Students from St. Helena’s Pathway School and The Young School made these darling penguins with mini bottleneck gourds, with the help of their art teacher Stephanie Zuntz and Market Educator, Amanda Tuttle.

CatholicSchoolThankYou 2October 2014: “Food Day”.In solidarity with the Napa Valley’s chapter of “Food Day,” and gatherings all over America, Amanda Tuttle, presented a program discussing eating for color and season, and buying locally at the market with a savvy group of Third and Fourth graders from St. Helena's Catholic School. A Scavenger Hunt throughout the market followed the discussion with Market Educator, Amanda.

Here is a creative and clever, accordion card that the Catholic School Students sent in appreciation.


August/September 2014: Both at the market and at the St. Helena Public Library’s Bilingual Program: “Pajama Rama,” Amanda  brought the Iroquois story of the “Three Sisters” to life with the oral tradition of storytelling. Kids explored dried and fresh garden beans and corn, through hands on play. At the St. Helena Library kids made Bean and Corn Art Medallions. Both groups at the market and at the library tried “Corn Confetti Custard” from the book “Blue Corn and Chocolate.

May 2014: "Earth Day Every Day". Featuring story, poetry and song and celebrating our one planet.

May 2014: "Herb Thyme". Kids opened their senses to fresh and dried herbs and created a herb sachet to take home.MC-FarmTaste

October 2013: "Apples at School". Amanda visted The Young School to conduct a program celebrating apples! Students listened to a story that captured their imagination, tasted apples and then made Apple Paninis! Here's the pdflogosmallrecipe from one of the students.

October 2013: "Colorful Choices". St. Helena Elementary Students shopped for color at the market and then met up with Amanda for a lesson on nutrition.

And in favorite things, we have listed:

 Local Chefs/Food Writers recently featured in the market's Book-Signing Program

Websites that will give you food for thought!

And for the "Movie Buffs", take a trip down memory lane and watch one of the great movies shown at past market "Movie Fundraisers".