Wednesday, October 15, 2014

October is National Farm to School Month!

Take a look at what Haldane Elementary School is doing for National Farm to School Month:

Click below to see Haldane's calendar of events.

Haldane Farm to School Month

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Now Online: Nearly 50 Kid Tested and Approved Chef in the Classroom Recipes from Haldane, GUFS and Beacon City School Districts

Come take a look at our new recipe page! I posted every recipe we've made since the beginning of Hudson Valley Farm to School's initiative in 2010. They are easy and fun to browse through, alphabetized by fruit or vegetable.

Try one of our delicious chef's recipes today! Go to Recipes page

Monday, September 29, 2014

Haldane Farm to School: Great Start to a New Year!

We had a great farm to school week at Haldane Elementary School! 


On Monday Chef Nick taught the 3rd graders how to make a classic tomato sauce with fresh basil, oregano, thyme, garlic, and tomatoes. All from Haldane's own garden! It was a unanimous thumbs up!















The same day, Mrs. Scrocca's 2nd graders made kale chips from kale they picked from the school garden.

And the next day, Mrs. Cretara's kindergarteners made apple chips from apples they picked at Fishkill Farms.



We closed the week with local, organic corn on the cob and a local salad bar with greens and carrots from Glynwood Farm.


What a week!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

We're in Hudson Valley Magazine!

Check out this month's issue of Hudson Valley Magazine:

Any adult who says that kids don’t like vegetables has no idea!” declares Sandy McKelvey. Over the past four and a half years, the Cold Spring-based founder ofHudson Valley Farm to School has been bringing farmers, chefs — and vegetables by the bucketload — into classrooms in the Haldane, Garrison, and Beacon school districts. Read more:


Friday, June 20, 2014

Forrestal students make salads with lettuce from Common Ground Farm!

Butter lettuce from Common Ground Farm and fresh strawberries were the main ingredients for this month's Chef in the Classroom visit. Mrs. Gall's 3rd graders got busy chopping strawberries and tearing up lettuce in bite-size pieces. 









Then one by one, students came up and helped Chef Katie make the strawberry vinaigrette dressing. 

Sweet and sour and yummy!













Enjoy this recipe with local strawberries and Common Ground lettuce from the Beacon Farmers Market!

Strawberry Vinaigrette

5 oz baby lettuce leaves
1 cup strawberries, chopped fine
1 teaspoon whole grain mustard
2 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 shallots minced
Sea salt and black pepper to taste



In a medium bowl, mash the strawberries with a whisk.  Mix in the mustard, honey, vinegar, and oil.   Season to taste with the sea salt and pepper.  If dressing settles, whisk quickly before tossing with the baby lettuce greens. 

Dressing can be refrigerated for up to 1 week.