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June 2nd, 2012 Farmer’s Market Visit

Published on June 5, 2012, by in Upcoming Classes.

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!

Farmer’s Market Registration Form


Leah’s Kitchen is now called…. YUM Chefs!

Published on May 28, 2012, by in Upcoming Classes.


We are excited to announce that Leah’s Kitchen is now called Young Urban Modern Chefs (YUM Chefs!).  In these modern times when there are so many processed, ready to eat, and unhealthy foods so available and marketed to young people, it’s easy to forget the important act of feeding ourselves and our loved ones healthy wholesome foods.  It’s time to take a step back and spend a little more time out of the day to put quality food into our bodies.  As the saying goes, you are what you eat!  Here at YUM chefs, we start with whole ingredients that are sourced from local farms, and we learn traditional recipes, with a healthy modern twist.  Being in the Mission District of San Francisco, some of the best local food in the country is right at our fingertips.  Whether you are interested in children’s classes, adult classes, or family classes, we have all the tools you need to get you cookin’!  Please see below for our classes that are open right now!

Farmers Market Classes

Next Class: June 2nd from 10AM-1:45PM

Every first Saturday of the month, children have the opportunity to explore the rainbow of food at the Noe Valley Farmers Market. Each class will feature two farms or vendors so we can find out what’s fresh and in season, and the class ends up in the kitchen for an improvisational cooking class. We provide the basic pantry, you bring $5 cash for your child to shop the market, and your budding chef brings their creativity! Its a win win situation because the end of the class is reserved for parents to sample their child’s creations!

Price: $30*

Plus $5 spending cash for market shopping.

Time: 10:00AM-1:30PM (1:30-1:45 for parent sampling of creations!)

Meeting Dates: June 2nd, July 7th, August 4th, September 1st, and October 6th.

Age: For children 7-13

*Discounts available for KMS students

Register Here

Kids Summer Cooking Camps

Get out of the heat of the summer and into the heat of the kitchen! Kids will learn to cook, hands on, alongside Chef Leah Brooks. As always, your young chef will cook with local seasonal ingredients and even learn some tricks of the trade from a baker from Tartine Bakery, pizza and pasta master from Pizzaiolo, market chef and sustainable meat expert from 4505 Meats, and a cheesemonger from North Bay Curds and Whey!


Session 1: June 18 – June 29

Session 2: July 2 – July 13 (7/ 4 – off)

Session 3 (Closed)

Session 4: July 30 – august 10 session 5: august 13 – august 24

HOURS: 8:30am – 3pm.

EXTENDED CARE is available from 8-8:30am & 3-5pm for $75/week or $150/session.


To register for this awesome opportunity for your child, please visit KMS Summer Camps.

NEW! Private cooking classes available!

Is your child interested in cooking but can’t make it to one of the group classes or summer camps? Sign up for private classes! The price is $125 for an hour and forty five minute class for up to 2 siblings (each additional sibling is an extra $15), and are held at the kitchen at the school. The classes are from 6:00-7:45pm and include all ingredients and a light dinner for the students. Topics and lessons are completely up to the parent and children to decide, and I will have a consultation meeting a week before the scheduled class to determine with you what the class topic will be. Examples of classes are East Asian feasts, Savory and Sweet pies, Italian pasta making, Japanese sushi rolling, you name it, we can cook it!

Stay tuned for more upcoming classes, including $20 for 20 Somethings and DIY Pickle and Jam Workshops for families!

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