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For Kids to Learn At Home

At The Craft Table 

Make this cute Corn Husk Dollcornhusk-doll

  • Save some fine-grained inner cornhusks and store them in a dry place.
  • Soak dried husks in warm water to make them easier to handle.
  • If you want, dye them with regular fabric dyes (they pick up the color, but slowly).
  • For the head, make a ball out of a cornhusk, fold two husks over the ball and tie off for the neck with cotton string or heavy thread.
  • Make arms by rolling husks into a tight tube or braiding these three husks together, then put the piece through the midle of the doll.
  • Make a dress by folding husks over each shoulder and crossing them at waist level.
  • Tie the waist with string and cover with a narrow cornhusk.
  • Trim the skirt so she can stand up.
  • Glue on corn silk for hair and make a bonnet out of a husk.

In The Kitchen

Make these yummy pdflogosmall Zucchini Chocolate Chip Cookies from the book "Animal, Vegetable, Miracle". These cookies were made at the Market's Kid's Program - "The Three Sisters". 

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.

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.
 

For the Community

From the GardenCalifornia Native Gardening Book

  • Recommendations from the Master Gardener’s September Market Mini-Lecture, "Planning and Planting your Garden with California Natives” 
  • Next time in Napa stop by the Martha Walker Native Plant Garden at Skyline Park, for your own garden inspiration. It is a good time of year to add native plants to your garden, and of course they are drought tolerant. 
  • Stop by the upcoming Native Plant Sale on October 11th and 12th.
  • A recommended read for California Gardeners.  The California Native Plant Society provides members with a very nice publication called “Fremontia.” Past issues are free in PDF format   or can be purchased under the “book” page on their website.

From the Kitchen

This recipe from Yotam Ottolenghi for Tomato Sourdough Soup was made by the "Food of Love" Teens for Cancer Patients on September 16th.

Community Outreach

Here's a sample of the Educational Programs completed at the market or in the classrooms:   

  • August/September 2014: 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 AmandaLibrarytradition 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.MC-Corn2
  • 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.

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".