Q: This is such a fun idea! What’s included in the Kids’ Share?
A: For each of the share’s 12 weeks, the kids receive their very own “kids’ sized” box of veggies (about half the size & volume of our regular weekly Farm Share box).
Each week’s share is themed around a vegetable or cooking technique (for example one week the theme might be “broccoli and cauliflower” and another week might be “cooking vegetables for breakfast”). Along with the veggies comes a weekly e-newsletter with recipes (plus fun tips and activities), and a surprise gift (such as a cooking utensil or a seed-kit). And, of course, there are our tasty vegetables, enough to make two or three of the week’s recipes.
Q: What is the difference between the Spring Kids’ Share and the Autumn Kids’ Share?
A: We had so much fun with our Kids’ Share this past autumn season that we decided to add on the spring! While the Autumn Share focuses on the bountiful harvest and peak-season crops, the Spring Share is all about gardening and enjoying the delicious spring greens & early season vegetables that pop up right as it starts to get warm.
Spring Share members will enjoy weekly seed-themed surprise gifts to encourage gardening at home; Autumn Share members will receive a complimentary year-long subscription to ChopChop Magazine (published quarterly) just in time for the school year.
All Kids’ Share members are invited (with their whole family!) to join us at the farm for a hands-on harvest day at our annual Old-Fashioned Carrot Pull in November.
Q: Why do you offer a Kids’ Share?
A: We believe that healthy eating is a habit best started in childhood — that getting kids into the kitchen and cooking with farm-fresh veggies can be a building block toward life-long, joyful relationships to healthy food. Chef Ana, Farmer Chris, and their daughter, Siena, are pleased to offer a CSA share that makes it fun for kids to cook with, and for, their families.
Plus, we believe that getting kids cooking is a great, all-round, real-world learning lab: cooking builds confidence and creativity, uses and develops reading, processing, logic, math, and art skills. And, kids learn what a pleasure it is to create food and flavors, and share it with others.
Q: Is the Kids’ Share Siena‘s idea, perhaps?
A: ChopChop‘s Sally Sampson and Chef Ana brainstormed the Siena Farms’ Kids’ Share — a farm share JUST for kids — during a conversation about how wonderful, and important, it is to get kids into the kitchen. When Ana mentioned it to Siena, she was “all-in” and left a note on her dad’s desk, reading “Kids’ Share is a MUST!” Farmer Chris fully agreed, and Siena decided to draw her own version of the Siena Farms’ logo (pictured above) just for the Kids’ Share. And, that’s how we started offering what we believe to be the first kid-focused farm share in the country!
Q: Who/what is ChopChopKids, and why the partnership for Siena Farms’ Kids’ Share?
A: Sally Sampson, the founder of ChopChopKids, is an award-winning cookbook author, and, in our opinion, an unusually creative thinker. ChopChopKids publishes the Watertown-based ChopChop Magazine, which is distributed by subscription and through thousands of pediatrician’s practices, nationwide.
Sally’s work has garnered kudos and support from major kids’ health initiatives and advocates, including Michelle Obama. ChopChop Magazine received a well-deserved James Beard Foundation’s award for Publication of the Year in 2013.
ChopChop’s mission statement is clear and persuasive: “ChopChopKids is an innovative non-profit organization whose mission is to inspire and teach kids to cook real food with their families. We believe that cooking and eating together as a family is a vital step in resolving the obesity and hunger epidemics.”
We feel so lucky to have the opportunity to work with Sally and the ChopChop team to bring the Siena Farms’ Kids’ Share from our fields to your kitchen.
Q: Awesome, this all sounds so fun… But what if my kid is a picky eater?
A: Sally tells us that she’s seen picky eaters, time after time, become more open and adventuresome when they are engaged with making food for themselves. We believe that is true!
Q: What age group is the Kids’ Share suited for?
A: We compile the recipes in each week’s share with 6- to 12-year olds in mind. But, we’ve heard from parents that both teens and younger kids, even toddlers, have really enjoyed the share in past seasons.
Q: If I have more than one kid, should I be thinking about one Kids’ Share for each of them?
A: We think that each kid in your family might enjoy having their own Kids’ Share, but of course, Sharing is great fun as well!
Other questions? Check out the other “More Info” links on our CSA page, chat with us at our Copley stand or farmstores, or call us at 978-261-5365. Cheers and Happy Eating!