Our Mission is Education for All Ages
For Kids to Learn At Home
Are all Garden Bugs Bad??
Here is a cool, colorful poster that kids can print out, and learn which bugs are friends to the farmers.
For Crafty Kids (with the help of an adult):
Okay kids. Do you know where to find an oak tree, nearby home? Well the deer, most likely do, as well as Acorn Wood Peckers. For this craft, you can be the gatherers of acorn “hats” (the little top of the acorn that fall off easily, and attaches the acorn to the branch). Make some homemade Christmas and “any time” gifts, with Acorns!
- Make these Needle-Felted Acorns: Your parents will help you with other needed supplies, and can learn with you too.
- Acorn Cap Jewels
For Crafty Adults:
Making Chile Ristras.For decorating and drying chiles (for future eating). This site also includes a recipe for a red-chile sauce with the dried chiles.
Recommended Recipes in Season
- Its Crab Season on the West Coast! Check out this article for news on the Season Opening: Crabbing News!
- And use the crab for these delicious Dungeness Crab Cakes.
- And follow this recipe to dry persimmons and use later in the winter for baking - Autumn Caramel Persimmon Cake.
Food of Love Program
Check out the teen cooking program,"Food of Love" recently featured in the St. Helena Star .
Here's a sample of the Educational Programs completed at the market or in the classroom in 2013 and conducted by Amanda Tuttle, Market Educator:
- "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!
- "Colorful Choices": St. Helena Elementary Students shopped for color at the market and then met up with Amanda for a lesson on nutrition.
- "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.
- "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.
- 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.
- Market Classroom: Chef André Cardé, St. Helena's Boys & Girls Club led his students and market goers in a fun "Kid's Cooking Activity".
- Market Classroom - "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.
- Market Classroom - "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.
- Market Classroom - "Chick Chick": Primary School classrooms joined Nutritionist and Chef, Kay Wilson, and Market Educator, Amanda Tuttle at the Market Classroom. Kids met Kay's chicken, "Chick-Chick," and learned about her life amongst her flock of Bantam Cochin hens.
- "Apples and Pears" in the Classroom : Amanda Tuttle, Market Educator visited 3 classrooms and talked with the kids about local fruit, what's is season, what an orchard is. They tasted and compared the taste of two different apples and two different pears.
- "Apples and Pears" at St. Helena's Library Storytime. Amanda teamed up with Leslie Stanton, for the children's room Tuesday morning storytime which featured books on apples followed by craft time.
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".