Here in Northern New England people refer to my neighborhood as “the great outdoors”. When doing stuff like lighting barbecues, or going out on a hike out in the big scary wilderness battling bears, our bellies get extra demanding for a good snack every once in a while. Well, what do you think us hearty types eat … boiled snake eyes? (Which don’t actually taste that bad, but that’s another story).
Before we had refrigerators, people had to figure out ways they could store vegetables so they last longer. People learned that pickling (and making jams) were ways they could keep and eat their vegetables in the winter, when many fresh produce weren’t available.
It’s our sixth week of the Kids’ Share! For those of you who are just tuning in, ChopChop Kids is taking part in a third season with Siena Farms to bring families together in the kitchen with the Siena Farms Kids’ Share. Kids get their very own vegetable share for 12 weeks in a special quarter-bushel Kids’ Share box.
We were excited to find out that Highlands Family Success Center (HFSC) in West Milford, NJ has taken on the #ChopChopCookingClub Challenge. The families are HFSC are doing one cooking challenge a month at Family Time. We’re excited to follow the progress of the class and see the new skills they are learning.
Who knew there were so many types of peppers! This week’s share was filled with all different shapes, sizes, and colors of peppers: Ripe Bell Peppers, Lunch Box Peppers, Shishito Peppers, and Jalapeno Peppers. Additionally, the share included Peter Wilcox Potatoes, Green Oakleaf Lettuce, and Garlic. This week’s surprise was a bag of fresh soil with a small pot and some basil seeds.