There is something about Saturday mornings at the Farmer’s Market that brings me so much joy. I was so thrilled to get the chance to share with your kids my excitement for the Noe Valley Farmer’s Market. The sun came out for our edible adventure, and we were so lucky to have two vendors who talked with us about their specialties.
We first visited Snyder’s Honey where we learned all about the amazing things that bees create. We learned how you can make many things from honeycomb, using the wax to make candles and lip balm and of course, the honey! We tasted many different kinds of honey, and learned that the flowers that are in season are the reason for the difference in flavor. We also learned that bee pollen and propolis, two things that bees make, are used to boost your immune system and have antiseptic qualities.
We made a quick stop to visit our friend Elizabeth, the market manager, to see how early she had to get up in order to get the market up and running. She said that she wakes up at 5:00AM in order to make sure that all the farmers and vendors know where to set up their booth, and to make sure that everyone is ready to go at 8:00AM when the market opens. We sure appreciate Elizabeth for organizing the market! Elizabeth says one of her favorite things about the market is that you get to taste everything before you buy it!
Happy Boy farms was next on the list, to check out what’s in season. Our guide to seasonal fruits and veggies gave us samples of little gem lettuce, romaine hearts, sugar snap peas, and even edible flowers. While not all the kiddos were into the peppery flowers, it was fun to taste something new. An interesting fact we found out was that bunnies don’t really like eating carrots, but rather the carrot tops! Who knew!?
At last, it was time to devise a plan for what to buy and cook. The kids paired up and decided what they wanted to make and what they needed to buy at the market. In two groups, we shopped the market. The kids picked out the best fruits and veggies, and of course tasted their way through the market. In the shopping bags once we got back to the kitchen were blueberries, tomatoes, parsley, spring onions, green beans, plums, strawberries, carrots, and honey to name a few. One thing is certain, everyone had lots of colors to share!
Once back in the kitchen, we didn’t waste any time. Kids peeled, diced, mixed, seasoned, and simmered away. One team grilled onions to go alongside their green salad and pizzas, another team created triple decker mozzerella honey and apricot sandwiches, while another team decided to make two salads: a fruit and a veggie. New potatoes were cooked to go inside a veggie salad, which I thought was a creative addition. Once all the salads were dressed, pizzas were cooked, soup was simmered, the kids presented their creations for the lucky parents to sample. And what a spread it was!
I can’t wait to see what other delicious creations the kids will come up with in July! To sign up, please fill out the application form by clicking the link below! Just a friendly reminder, all payments and registration forms must be submitted by June 21st!