KIDS IN THE GARDEN

There’s no better way to learn where our food comes from than to sink our hands in the soil. To help plant seeds and patiently await sprouts to spring from the earth. To pull weeds and dig for the friendly worms that amend our soil. To watch yard trimmings and table scraps turn into luscious compost. To hide and play in cornstalks and sneak sweet raspberries from the canes. To dig up potatoes and eat fresh peas right off the vine. To work together as a family to cultivate the food that will become future meals.

Research shows that there are many benefits for children who work in the garden. Much like helping to cook food, it’s been found that kids are more likely to eat vegetables they’ve helped grow and in general, kids who help in the garden have more positive attitudes towards eating fruits and vegetables. It’s also been found when kids spend time in the garden their appreciation for nature and the environment improves and that they're more likely to become adults who garden and grow their own food.

At ACME Farms + Kitchen we want to help more kids have the experience of gardening so this week we’ll be donating proceeds from the sale of our Pi Day Pie Kits. For each kit sold we’ll donate $5 of the sale to one of the organizations below. Please take some time to read more about these important organizations.

(For Bellingham and Seattle area customers orders are due by 10am on Monday, 7th. For Portland customers orders are due by midnight, Sunday 6th. Visit our SHOP page to order.)

Students enjoy Cooking in the Classroom with Common Threads Farm. Photo courtesy of Common Threads Farm. 

 

Common Threads Farm is a Bellingham based non-profit that works with schools throughout the area to plan and grow vegetable gardens as an educational opportunity for students. The aim of Common Threads is to help raise kids who know how to grow, prepare and eat healthy food. Their School Garden Program offers a class room educator, a mobile cooking cart (because eating what you’ve grown is the best part), and coordination of donated gardening materials including seeds, starts, compost, and wood chips. If your child’s school doesn’t already have an educational garden, we encourage you to take a look at Common Threads resources and to make a connection with your school. Help all kids have the opportunity to learn how good food grows. https://commonthreadsfarm.org

 

Harvesting at Sauvie Island Center. Photo courtesy of Sauvie Island Cener

   

Sauvie Island Center works to educate elementary aged school children in the Portland area about food, farming, and the environment. Field trips to Sauvie Island Organic farm and Howell Territorial Park are the perfect educational adventure. Kids learn about healthy soil, do plant part investigations, inspect the landscape for wildlife foraging, and learn about the critical role pollinators play in our food system. Students also get to plant, tend, harvest, and eat veggies from the Grow Lunch Garden. Contact the Center to schedule a field trip or check their website for summer camp opportunities. http://www.sauvieislandcenter.or

 

 Seattle Tilth

Seattle Tilth program participants. Photo courtesy of Seattle Tilth.

 

Seattle Tilth offers garden and farm education for kids and teens. Through garden and farm tours, a mobile garden classroom, and summer camps young people discover where food comes from. Seattle Tilth’s programs give kids the opportunity to taste fresh vegetables straight from the garden or farm, tend and harvest crops, collect seeds, make compost, learn about worms, insects and other pollinators, and explore our natural environment in hands-on science based learning. Check their website for details on bringing hands-on experiences to the classroom and for summertime camps, tours and classes for kids of all ages. http://www.seattletilth.org/learn/kids/kids-and-families

COOKING WITH KIDS

Cooking with Kids

Cooking [from scratch] is “the single most important thing we could do as a family to improve our health and general well-being.” – Michael Pollan

When we started ACME Farms + Kitchen we did it with our families in mind. We want to feed our kids the best food possible. We enjoy watching them learn about good food choices, how food made from scratch is prepared, and we especially love seeing them develop a taste for a wide variety of different flavors and textures.

It can definitely be a challenge to prepare meals that are healthy and we know that sometimes when we do, kids don’t always want to eat what we prepare. Our hope is that by using AF+K Locavore Boxes, full of interesting, colorful and flavorful local foods, it’s easier for you and your family to eat food you feel good about and enjoy. We also hope it makes it easier to share the experience of preparing food and to pass on the skills needed to help your kids feel comfortable in the kitchen.

Ana helps make handpies.

There are a lot of positive outcomes when kids help cook.

  • The more kids are involved with the food they eat, the more likely they are to try new things. They’re also more willing to eat what they’ve helped prepare!
  • When kids help prepare and eat a variety of healthy foods they are more likely to develop a taste for whole foods and less likely to crave processed foods. This sets them up for good habits as adults.
  • By inviting our kids to help prepare meals, we’re teaching them an important life skill and giving them self confidence in the kitchen.
  • Cooking is also a great way to teach other transferable skills. Reading recipes, following directions, measuring, using math, seeing cause and effect, developing motor skills, identifying different types of foods and the tools used in cooking are all excellent learning experiences.
  • Spending time in the kitchen is also a great way to have quality family time and to connect with one another. It’s the perfect time to talk about good food choices and how by eating well, we’re taking care of ourselves and staying healthy. It’s also a sweet way to make family memories.

            Etta in the kitchen with Cara's grandmother.

            Etta in the kitchen with Cara's grandmother. 

            Throughout the month of March, look for tips on your weekly recipe sheets for ways your kids can get involved with your family meals. Also watch for other fun ways to get your kids excited about eating and cooking. Together we can grow the next generation of healthy kids that love good food!

             

            NOT YOUR AVERAGE MEAL DELIVERY SERVICE


            It seems that everywhere you look these days there’s another Meal Kit Delivery service popping up. When people first learn about Acme Farms + Kitchen we often hear, “Oh, you’re just like Blue Apron and Plated”, or any one of the other big national chains.
            While it’s true that we offer the conveniences of online ordering, home delivery and recipes, the similarities end there.
            Since founding this company over four years ago, we’ve been staunchly committed to making it easier for busy families to bring clean, local food into their homes while supporting local farmers and artisan producers and strengthening their local food system.



            Each week our Locavore Boxes are filled with vegetables, meat, cheese, pasta and more from truly local producers that many of our customers already know. Our food comes from people we’ve met and places we’ve been. ACME customers are eating food grown and produced by their neighbors. The bread is baked the morning you receive it and the produce was likely harvested within 48 hours of it arriving on your doorstep.

            The national chains cannot make these claims. The big guys ship food hundreds and thousands of miles. Families in Portland, Maine are receiving the same food as families in Portland, Oregon. As a rule, we source a majority of our food from within a 200 mile radius of our Hub, expanding our reach to the greater Pacific Northwest Region, as needed, for specialty items like grains, summer stone fruit and wild Alaskan fish.

            Just this week, each Bellingham and Seattle area Locavore Box contained products from 15 local producers including Crown S Ranch, Galley Fare, Breadfarm, La Fiamma Wood Fire Pizza, Lagana Foods, Samish Bay Cheese, Cascadia Creamery, Spice Hut, McIntyre Family Farm, Happy Chix Farm, Mama’s Garden, Prairie Road Farm, Rabbit Fields Farm, Northwest Horticulture, and Sherman’s Pioneer Farms.
            Because we don’t serve hundreds of thousands of customers or deliver millions of meals each week, we can stay committed to using only small and mid-sized producers in our food shed and not be dependent upon “Big Ag”. We are strengthening food systems in communities and making them less reliant on industrialized food and the vast transportation network that supports it.



            Our boxes travel dozens of miles, not hundreds or thousands. We don’t deliver in the insulated coolers packed with pounds of ice packs that are necessary when travelling for days in the back of delivery truck. We keep our packaging minimal and sustainable and your order is delivered only a few hours after it was packed. The simple cardboard box you receive can easily be returned for reuse at your next delivery as can the ice packs and glass milk bottles. Within the box, produce is portioned into kraft paper or compostable bags. Minimal packaging means minimal waste.

















            Why not give Acme Farms + Kitchen a try? You'll get truly local, fresh food from small independent producers delivered to your doorstep in minimal packaging for less than $5 per serving! Save $10 off your first order of $50 or more with coupon code LOCAL.