It is that time of year again: gardening season in the Pacific Northwest. Finally! It was a strange Winter here with record precipitation and colder-than-usual temperatures. My garden is about a month behind the typical schedule. Still....better late than never.
If you haven't yet got your hands dirty, now is the time. Even if you don't have garden space, most of us can find room for a Container or two. There is something absolutely satisfying about picking your own lettuce for a salad or slicing up a radish that was grown steps from your kitchen. You can't get more local with your eating than that!
For more tips on eating locally, join us for our Monthly Market cooking demos at the Verdant Community Wellness Center over the next several months. We will be featuring PNW grown and raised foods gathered from the various Farmers' Markets. The cooking demos will include several recipes and, of course, food samples to share. Yum!
Happy Local Eating,
Sensational Snacking Class Recap
Thank you to all who participated in our Kids in the Kitchen classes on Saturday, May 6th at Verdant Community Wellness Center. We enjoyed excellent discussions about “division of responsibility” with the parents and had a great time creating tasty snacks in the learning kitchen with the kids. After a whole lot of measuring, mashing, and mixing, the kids baked up five delicious batches of Nature Packed Power Bars, which filled the kitchen with the delightful aroma of banana and cinnamon. Recipes for the oatmeal bars, trail mix bars, and Greek yogurt dip are included below. Enjoy!
~ Holly, RDN
Recipe adapted from: http://ohsheglows.com/2014/05/20/feel-good-hearty-granola-bars/
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