By Farm to School Educator Joia Walker
As a part of the collaborative Farm to School Program with the Ferguson-Florissant School District, the team at EarthDance Organic Farm School has started the “What’s Fresh” initiative! What’s Fresh highlights farm fresh organic produce in its season, in hopes of educating families, neighbors, staff, and students on the benefits of growing and eating fresh produce. Each produce item featured can be found and purchased right here at EarthDance growing on our organic farm.
What a wonderful season it’s been here at EarthDance. We’ve grown food and people right here in the heart of Ferguson, and now we’re welcoming fall. Fall for us means celebrating the end of our volunteer season with a bonfire, planting garlic and greens and putting our summer crops to bed. Though our pace may be a little slower, there are still a few crops that just won’t quit.
This November, EarthDance is cooking up a little 24 carrot magic, with carrots that were harvested in the early fall to be stored for winter. Carrots are jam packed with vitamin A, which can support eye health, fight cancer and even help prevent night blindness. In fact, just one cup of carrots contains 100% of the recommended daily intake of vitamin A. Hip hip hooray for vitamin A! Carrots also contain carotenoids which give carrots their beautiful orange color. Carotenoids can help balance blood sugar which is good news for those with diabetes. Need energy to last throughout the day? Carrots can help! Raw or blanched carrots can help provide steady energy to the body because they are low on the glycemic index. There are so many ways to enjoy carrots. Whether raw, steamed, roasted, or mashed, do your body a favor and grab a carrot for your next snack break.
Warm up during the cool weather with this flavorful Thai Coconut Curry Carrot Soup recipe from budgetbytes.com
SERVINGS about 1.5 cups each
PREP: 15 minutes COOK: 40 minutes TOTAL: 55 minutes