Saturday, September 18, 2010

Little Flower Prints

This week is Maryland Home Grown School Lunch Week and my daughter's kindergarten teacher had them celebrate with a rainbow of fruits and veggies. This was a big success. The children colored a rainbow that was made up of three fat stripes. The largest outer stripe was yellow on the left, green on the right. The next one down was blue on the left, purple on the right. The little stripe was red on the left, orange on the right. The rainbow was a simplified color wheel but with older children you could paint a rainbow (Rauld Russell's book How to Do Wet-on-Wet Watercolor Painting and Teach It to Children is where I learned to do it) and then have them divide it into three wedges. On Monday the families were supposed to send in a green or yellow fruit or vegetable. They cut little pieces of all the fruits and veggies and set each one in a section of a muffin tin to see the various colors, arranged like a painter's palette. We sent in okra. Wednesday was blue/purple and we sent in Japanese eggplant. Friday was red/orange and we sent in a selection of hot and mild chili peppers. Thanks goodness for our CSA!

I was actually grateful for something useful to do with the okra because I was certain my children would never eat it. The teacher had them do printmaking with the okra pieces. Okra makes a lovely little flower shape when you print with it. It was beautiful.

We are happy with our CSA but I was grateful when the school also sent home a handout listing all the Farmers Market locations in our county. I know some of the people who read my blog are locals, so here you go:

Prince Frederick
Tuesdays 3-7 pm, thru November 23
Calvert Memorial Hospital Parking Lot D

Thursdays 4-8 pm, thru November 18
Solomons Riverwalk parking lot

North Beach
Fridays 6-9 pm, thru October 1
5th St between Chesapeake and Bay Ave

Saturdays 7:30 am - noon, thru November 27
Calvert County Fairgrounds

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