The third annual Harvest Feast was a delicious success! We’ve been collaborating with the South Whidbey School kitchen since 2015 to present a traditional meal that can be shared by students, families, and community members. Pumpkin pies, kale salad, mashed potatoes and carrot sticks grown at our School Farm, joined with the turkey, dressing, gravy and rolls provided by the school lunch staff.
Each year the South Whidbey students have a hand in the Harvest Feast. We love to remember back to the second graders who plant potatoes and then harvest them in the fall of their third grade year for the mashed potatoes. It’s the same with our sugar pie pumpkins that fourth graders harvest in the fall. They know they’ll be eating pumpkin pie with those pumpkins at the Harvest Feast!
While all students have a hand in the growing and harvesting, fifth and sixth grade Farm Team did all the cooking and preparation of the food for Harvest Feast this year under the watchful guidance of Tran Hoang, our School Farm apprentice. The farm team followed a strict timeline to complete all aspects of food preparation for the feast. Culinary skills were honed and polished as they cut, roasted, scooped and prepared fresh pumpkins into pies. Potatoes were cooked and mashed as well as carrot sticks cut from fresh crisp carrots, then the harvested kale was massaged and chopped, apples, carrots and parsnips were added for salad. Dressing recipes were sampled and perfected. This year’s kale salad turned out to be our most tasty kale salad to date.
It was especially satisfying to see students serve and share the food with family and community. Each grade from third through sixth signed up for a half hour shift to help serve the School Farm food. As one student exclaimed when coming back for seconds, ‘This food is really good!!’. We agree the food we grow and share as community is good. So many blessings come from the food we grow together at the School Farm.
We are grateful for our growing place at the school and especially grateful for our students who participate so fully in all stages of growing, harvesting and caring for our School Farm. To all who have participated with us; The School Farm Team of farmers and educators, the amazing and much loved farm apprentices, the South Whidbey teachers and school district staff, Goosefoot and The Goose Grocer, John LaVassar’s flowers, Whidbey Island Nourishes(WIN), our wonderful community and volunteers, we reach out with thanks and warm holiday wishes.