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For Kids to Learn At Home
Kids, did you know that California has what is called a "Mediterranean Climate", and that we are not the only place in the world with this "climate".
What is a climate ? Climate means a region with weather conditions that occur certain times of the year.
What we call a “Mediterranean Climate” is an area “with wet winters under prevailing westerly winds and calm, hot, dry summers, as is characteristic of the Mediterranean Basin (parts of Europe) region and parts of California, Chile, South Africa, and southwestern Australia.
What kind of plants do you think like to grow in these climates?
What grows well in the Napa Valley? How about grapes and figs? I am sure you like to eat those. “Plants in Mediterranean climate must be able to survive long dry summers. Evergreeens such as Pine and Cypress trees are mixed with deciduous tress such as some Oaks. Fruit trees and vines such as grapes, figs, olives, and citrus fruits grow well here. Other plants include what are called "scrub", which include small shrubs, grasses, and herbs.
Cooking At Home
The damson plum, "plum of Damascus" has a long history, with a list of uses from flavoring gin, making wine to dying fabric. Read their rich history here.
You can find them at the St. Helena Farmers' Market at Bera Ranch’s booth with their wonderful assortment of stone fruit. Here is a recipe for Damson Plum Jam.
In the Neighborhood and with our support - The Food of Love Teen Cooking Program
Here's a sample of the Educational Programs completed at the market or in the classrooms:
- 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.
- 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 recipe 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.
- Fall 2013: "Seed Art". Stephanie Zuntz, Art through Earth Sciences Teacher and Amanda led students from the Pathways Charter School to make homemade plant-able cards (tomato, eggplant and carrot), embedded with seeds, and made Seed Art Trees with naturally colored pumpkin seeds.
- July 2013" "Corn Amazement": A program celebrating the corn season and the science and beauty of corn," led by Amanda Tuttle, Market Educator. Here is a photo of the "Corn Blessing Circle," made with corn and corn flowers.
- August 2013: "Pizza Wheel Garden Program". Kids had a pizza veggie snack inspired by the book, "Roots, Shoots, Buckets and Boots" and a "Pizza Wheel Garden" at the Community Garden where Amanda lives.
- Summer 2013: "Kids' Cooking Actitivty with Chef André Cardé", St. Helena's Boys & Girls Club led his students and market goers in a fun "Kid's Cooking Activity".
- Summer 2013: "Veggie Color Wheel". Kids from St. Helena's Discoveryland's "Summer Program" joined Amanda Tuttle at the Market Classroom to learn about healthy shopping and eating by choosing a rainbow of fruits and veggies.
- Spring 2013: "The Life of a Bee". Primary School and Catholic School students joined Meadowmont Farms' Beekeeper, Jim Foster for a lecture on the fascinating life in a beehive.
And in favorite things, we have listed:
- some of our Favorite Cookbooks from 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".