Monday, September 1, 2014

Preparing for school lunches - lunch lady heroes and more

It is time to get back to school so that means it is back to either making lunches or getting lunch in the cafeteria. In this TED Talk, Jarrett Krosoczka talks about his lunch lady and lunch lady heroes!





You can find more about Jarrett with his TED bio page  http://www.ted.com/speakers/jarrett_j_krosoczka

or on his own website   http://www.studiojjk.com/



And while we are on the topic of school lunches, Lisa Leake has some good ideas and recipes to help create healthy lunches.

Lisa Leake's 100 Days of Real Food website
Lisa Leake's 100 Days of Real Food website

Follow this link to read her post on tips to making school lunches:
http://www.100daysofrealfood.com/2013/08/14/real-food-tips-10-recipes-to-freeze-for-school-lunches-which-makes-packing-a-breeze/

Monday, August 25, 2014

Call for volunteers!


The Franklin Food Pantry is looking for volunteers to stock shelves Monday through Friday 12 pm to 2 pm. 
Physical requirements include lifting up to 50 lbs. and carrying product up and down stairs. 
We are also looking for volunteers Tuesday through Friday from 9 AM to noon to work with the clients at the Pantry. 
If you can answer this call, please visit our website and complete the volunteer form, or call us at (508)528-3115 ext. 2
Franklin Food Pantry
Franklin Food Pantry



The volunteer sign up form is located on the Franklin Food Pantry webpage here 

http://www.franklinfoodpantry.org/


or go directly to the form via this link



Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Pickling history and an Akin Bak special

The Mass Outdoors blog has a good article on pickling.
Looking for an easy way to preserve the delicious produce you bought during Farmer’s Market Week? Read more on the history of pickling. 
Served crispy as an appetizer or spicy as a snack, pickled green beans, more commonly known as “Dilly Beans”, can even be served instead of celery in a Bloody Mary. Pickling is a way of preserving food especially during the summer when there is an abundance of fresh, local produce. 
Pickling began 4,000 years ago using cucumbers native to India. Pickling was used as a way to preserve food for out-of-season use and for long journeys, especially by sea. Pickling and food preservation developed and grew in the United States during the sixteenth century with the arrival of new foods from Europe and other parts of the world. Although the process was invented to preserve foods, today pickled foods are made and enjoyed because people like the way they taste.
history of pickling
history of pickling

Continue reading the full article here
http://blog.mass.gov/greatoutdoors/education/history-of-pickling/



Akin Bak Farm posted to Facebook about a special they are running for those looking to pickle cucumbers




Akin Bak Farm is on RT 140 in Franklin
Akin Bak Farm is on RT 140 in Franklin

You can also find information about Akin Bak on their webpage http://www.akinbakfarmllc.com/



Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Kids Garden News - August 2014


Plan Ahead: The Fall Garden

Plan ahead for an edible fall garden. Learn more about planting cool-season vegetables at your school...
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Pressing Flowers: What's Growing in Your Backyard?

Encourage a sense of wonder in young scientists at home by going on a plant collecting adventure.
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Carson Daly and KidsGardening.org Plant a Garden in Brooklyn

Learn how one Brooklyn school transformed a concrete jungle into a living schoolyard with a little help from Carson Daly.
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Top 5 TODAY Show Garden Essentials

Whether you live in New York City or Kansas City, check out these garden products that are a great fit for any schoolyard.
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- TODAY Show Garden, Harvest Days, The Growing Classroom, Summer Clearance Blowout, Summer Reading...
- More Announcements »
- School Nutrition Association Conference, NAEYC National Conference, NSTA, NAAEE...
- More Conferences & Workshops »
- White House Lunchtime Challenge, Food Safety Handbook, Food Recovery Guide, Food Miles Lesson Plan...
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- 2015 Youth Garden Grant, 2015 Mantis Tiller Award, 2014 Jamba Juice Garden Grant, Bonnie Plants Cabbage Program...
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