Aylor bought corn, while Hinners took home a variety of veggies. Aylor notes, “I like how vendors come from all around to sell in Batesville. That’s kind of cool!” Hinners believes the market is useful. “Some people can’t have a garden and some can’t afford to buy garden items from the store. The farmers’ market gives them a chance to get good, healthy food.”
Cooley and her team are satisfied with the project’s results. “We believe that kids just need to try new foods. It doesn’t need to be scary to try something new. We did it in a fun, encouraging and positive way.” She reflects, “We all need to eat better .... It’s really rewarding to see kids eat healthy foods and enjoy it.”
Are there plans for future projects like this? The answer is a resounding yes. “We have felt the enthusiasm from the students, teachers and community. We will continue to find ways to introduce new vegetables” to students.
Debbie Blank can be contacted at email@example.com or 812-934-4343, Ext. 113.
Recipes for the two school finalists and the stew served at MMH:
Sweet Potato Medley
2 medium diced sweet potatoes
1 small diced Gala apple
1 small diced red onion
2 small diced carrots
1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary
1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
1 teaspoon ground sage
1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 teaspoon honey
Salt and pepper to taste
Place sweet potatoes in a small sauce pot and cover with water. Bring to a boil and cook until tender.
Add butter to sauté pan, then add carrots and onion and apple and cook until they are soft. Add sweet potatoes and combine. Add herbs, garlic and honey and coat ingredients evenly. Season with salt and pepper. Serves four.
Sweet Potato Mash
2 large cubed sweet potatoes
1 tablespoon vanilla extract