Last week the girls attended farm camp through Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food and Agriculture (located in Alexandria, VA), where they: picked soybeans, weeded the garden, fed chickens, ran around fields, made playgrounds out of old wood planks, spent the whole day outside (seriously, the WHOLE DAY), and, MOST IMPORTANTLY, learned how to cook. Yes, every week of farm camp has a different theme and, luckily, my kids showed up for the Small Chefs session. Each weekday afternoon they brought home fabulous recipes utilizing garden fresh ingredients. One of their absolute favorite recipes is for scissor salsa, which strikes me as incredible because before last week the girls would never even touch salsa and now they make and eat it THEMSELVES. Farm camp = magic.
ARCADIA FARM'S SCISSOR SALSA
* Handful of cherry/grape tomatoes
* 2-3 small sweet peppers
* 8 sprigs of cilantro
* 1 ear of corn
* 1/2 onion [optional]
* 1 clove garlic
* juice of one lime
* 2 tablespoons olive oil
* 1/2 teaspoon salt
* Remove the stem and seeds from the peppers, cut them into long slices.
* Use scissors to cut the tomatoes, cilantro, and onion.
* Remove the corn from the cob with a knife.
* Add the garlic by crushing it in a garlic press or with a mortar and pestle.
* Add the olive oil, salt, and lime juice.
* Mix by crushing the tomatoes with a wooden spoon.
* Eat with tortilla chips. (Adopted from a recipe by the D.C. non-profit, City Blossoms Inc.) The girls also came home with this recipe for basil walnut bean spread, which wasn't their favorite food (P - "it's just okay"), but Dan and I find the spread addictive. And super easy to make.
ARCADIA FARM'S BASIL WALNUT BEAN SPREAD
* 1 can garbanzo beans
* 1 cup walnuts (chopped)
* 1 cup lightly packed fresh basil leaves
* 1/4 cup olive oil * 4 teaspoons lemon juice
* 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
* Puree all ingredients in a blender until smooth. Add more olive oil and lemon juice if needed. Garnish with basil or radishes. Eat with crackers or bread. (Adopted from a recipe by the D.C. non-profit, City Blossoms Inc.)
And if you're interested in Arcadia, they also host workshops and field trips throughout the year in the Washington DC region. Click here for more info.
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