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 a special quarter-bushel Kids’ Share box.
Each week’s share is themed around a vegetable or cooking technique (for example one week the theme might be “cabbage and kale” and another week might be “cooking vegetables for breakfast.”) Inside the box there’s a recipe booklet that contains several recipes (plus fun tips and activities), a checklist of the week’s vegetables, and a surprise gift (such as a cooking utensil or a notebook or stickers). And, of course, there are our beautiful vegetables, enough to make two or three of the week’s recipes.
In addition, the kids will receive a year’s subscription to ChopChop Magazine (published quarterly).
Q: Why do you offer a Kids’ Share?
A: We love kids and families, our own and yours. 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 make food for, and share it with, others.
Q: Is the Kids’ Share Siena’s idea, perhaps?
A: Sally Sampson, of ChopChop, 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. Check out her encouraging series of New York Times blog posts on inspiring picky eaters.
Q: What age group is the Kids’ Share suited for?
A: We write the recipe booklets 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!