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Fall Produce for Kids

Fall Produce for Kids

Published: November 14, 2018

Learning how food is grown and what conditions are necessary to make it flourish are important lessons for children. Not only can they come to understand the importance of environmental stewardship, but they also come to realize that items their parents pick up in the grocery store do not always appear as they’re found in the landscape. Plus, if kids get involved in gardening themselves, they’re given the opportunity to gain an appreciation for the actual work of food production, and their involvement makes the food that much more appealing when it comes time to prepare and eat it. Lots of wins!

This month, the Library is showcasing two items that often make an appearance in the fall harvest: apples and corn. Whether they’re used fresh or dried, these two foods can teach children a lot about gardening, nutrition, and the cycle of the seasons.

In our All About Apples session, kids will learn about different varieties of apples and what you need to look for in regard to taste and cooking. We’ll consider different colors, textures, and levels of sweetness in apples, and then we’ll talk about all the ways we can enjoy apples. To drive the point home, we’ll sample a dessert made with apples, and we’ll share recipes to try at home!

The class meets Saturday, November 17 at 1 pm at the Main Library in Newton. It will be presented in both English and Spanish.

Our Got Corn? session will look at this mainstay of American agriculture, which came to our attention from Native Americans. Of course, we love corn for its fresh summer flavor at barbecues, but the familiar vegetable can also figure into our diet in other forms. We’ll talk about the many uses of corn, from livestock feed to sweeteners, and then we’ll wrap up by making and enjoying corn muffins!

This session meets Monday, November 19 at 5:30 pm at the Southwest Branch Library in Mountain View.

Join us for one or both hands-on, tasty workshops!