Farm to School News
Settling in to First Frost
While I love the riotous color of October I have to confess a certain fondness for November. I know its usually not on most people's lists of top favorite months...the weather turns decidedly chilly, the trees grow bare and gray, and the mournful sound of Canadian Geese can be heard declaring their return to warmer climes. But there is a stillness, and a reflective, inward turning aspect of November that appeals to me.
Here, in Niagara County, we have already felt the first heavy frost, signaling the end of this year's growing cycle. It is a time to rest, take stock, and prepare the fields for the winter. Speaking of frosts, I have another favorite Frost - Robert Frost wrote one of my favorite poems about the quiet and somber beauty of November.
My November Guest
My sorrow, when she’s here with me,
Thinks these dark days of autumn rain
Are beautiful as days can be;
She loves the bare, the withered tree;
She walks the sodden pasture lane.
Her pleasure will not let me stay.
She talks and I am fain to list:
She’s glad the birds are gone away,
She’s glad her simple worsted grey
Is silver now with clinging mist.
The desolate, deserted trees,
The faded earth, the heavy sky,
The beauties she so truly sees,
She thinks I have no eye for these,
And vexes me for reason why.
Not yesterday I learned to know,
The love of bare November days,
Before the coming of the snow,
But it were vain to tell her so,
And they are better for her praise.
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Thanksgiving - A Day for Gratitude
Its so important (and sometimes a real challenge) to remember gratitude. Its been a hard year, and everyone is feeling a little worn and tattered. Thanksgiving can be a time for joy, of gratefulness for the summer and fall harvest and for the love and support of friends and family. It can also be a stressful time for some. Be kind to yourself and to others...and if you don't have the energy or will for active giving (a great way to practice gratitude) be what I call a "quiet giver". With food drives (don't forget the PB & J drive!) in abundance at this time of year that only accept canned, jarred, or boxed food, its easy to forget that certain local food pantries accept fresh produce too. The Niagara Community Action Program at 160 Washburn Street, and Sr. Helen's Food Pantry at 14 Ann Street, both in Lockport, accept fresh vegetables and fruits. You can give the gift of local, fresh, and healthy to those who need it most!
Speaking of Thanksgiving, let's not forget the opportunity to celebrate with a dinner made from local produce!
Check out the great Thanksgiving Day recipes below for some healthy and delicious takes on the classics.
Winter Squash, What's Not to Love?
That's A Lot of Squash!
The United States is the world's biggest importer of squash!
Big Apple or Big Squash?
New York is the 2nd biggest squash producing state in the country!
An Oldie but a Goodie
People have been growing squash in the Americas since 8,000 B.C.!
Not sure where to grab your Thanksgiving Day squash? Find the freshest at the Lockport Community Farmers Market and support our local growers!
The Lockport Community Farmers Market
We Have a New Farm to School Committee Member!
Jocelyn is a parent, biologist and teacher. She is interested in nutrition, food equity, the benefits of eating locally grown foods to people's health and the economy, preservation of local farmland, and supporting small-scale and family farms.
We look forward to her involvement with LCSD's F2S program!
November Harvest of the Month: Potatoes!
November Farm to School Events!
- Harvest of the Month: Local Marquart Farms potatoes!
- Taste Testing at all Schools: Oven roasted seasoned potatoes
- New York State Thursday: Stuffed baked potato with broccoli and cheese, LynOaken Farms apples, Upstate Farms milk
- Tower Gardens: Tower Gardens will be harvested between now and the holidays with the next rotation of teachers and students ready to enjoy them starting January 1st!
Thanksgiving Classics F2S Style!
Healthy Green Bean Casserole
Squash Gratin with Poblanos
Sweet Potato Salad
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