On a lovely May day, car-loads of young cooks bounded out onto the Greenhaven farm and into its beautiful abode!
First off we learned about a vegetable most of us hadn't even heard of before: the sunchoke or Jerusalem artichoke. Technically the plant is a kind of sunflower, but our gracious instructor and farmer, Eva, told us about how the tuber can be eaten as a root vegetable. The plant, native to our area, is especially significant in that it is able to grow underground even throughout the winter without rotting as other tubers like potatoes do.
After learning about the plant, we had the chance to eat it prepared in a variety of ways. The lucky cooks (and their chaperones) got to taste crunchy slices of raw sunchoke (a bit like a potato, but crisp and slightly nutty), as well as a sunchoke and potato stew (scrumptious! Several of us couldn't resist going for seconds). Eva also shared a variety of kale products they make on the farm, and everyone feasted on kale kaviar with crackers as well as some delectable kale chips, thoroughly impressed that something so healthy could taste so good.
Daisy the cow and her calf, Lucky, were definitely excited by the free buffet the kids offered up by sticking handfuls of grass through the fence. The goat wasn't quite as keen on visiting and kept his distance, but the young cooks did get the chance to get up close with the chickens. The kids entered the coop in pairs to a flurry of excitement and even got to glimpse freshly-laid eggs.
A romp through the forest to expel some extra energy and it was time to head home again! Everyone clamored around to pick up goodie bags containing fresh eggs and kale chips, among other treats; said a big thank you Eva; and piled back into the cars, already pulling things out of their bags.
We would like to say thank you again to Greenhaven Farm for their generosity in guiding us around and sharing their beautiful farm with us!
To learn more about what's happening at Greenhaven, check out their website greenhaven.ca!