2nd graders put their worms back into their natural habitat last week, after studying them for the past four weeks. The kids observed their worms before finding a cozy spot between the soil and hay in the garden beds. Some felt that their worm hotel was heavier due to the castings accumulated over 5 weeks, others noticed the “band” which shows the worm has matured and can produce eggs. We did actually see a few eggs too!
Harvest of the Month promotes a different Massachusetts-grown crop from local farms each month in school cafeterias across the state. This October, Bell School students tasted kale – in the form of a green smoothie – which they all seemed to really enjoy! Honest. Ask them!
Kale leaves grow on a thick broccoli-like stalk but are picked off and sold in bunches. It is very cold-tolerant and can survive early frosts. Look for leaves that are thick, fleshy, and crisp. Store in a plastic bag in the refrigerator for 5-10 days. Kale is loaded with fiber and antioxidants. One cup of raw kale provides more than 100% of the daily value of vitamins A, C and K. Nutrient dense, low calorie foods like kale help fight diseases linked to heart health like diabetes and obesity. Per calorie, kale has more iron than beef and more calcium than milk!
Healthy serving ideas:
You don’t have to cook kale to tenderize it – just massage it! Make a fall kale salad using massaged kale, chopped apples, and cheddar cheese.
Include kale in your favorite smoothie recipe for extra fiber and nutrients – see recipe below!
Make crispy kale chips. Wash the leaves and tear into bite-sized pieces. Toss with olive oil and spread on a baking sheet in a single layer. Sprinkle with salt and bake at 300 degrees for 20 minutes. As you allow them to cool, the kale will get crispy.
After a frost, kale becomes sweeter.
For more information about kale please go to: https://www.massfarmtoschool.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/HOTM-Family-Nov2017-Kale.pdf
Recipe: Kale Smoothie For Kids
Prep time 5 mins. Author: Sonnet Serves: 4
12 oz 100% apple juice
3-4 large kale leaves (stems removed)
3 bananas (remove peels)
2 cups ice
Instructions: Blend juice and greens for about one minute on high. Make sure the greens are throughly blended. Then add the banana & ice and blend for an additional 30 seconds, until smooth. Serve & enjoy!