Thursday, March 31st, the Smithville Elementary Jr. Harvesters hosted their first food tasting consisting of vegetables and herbs from the garden. On Wednesday Junior Harvesters prepared the food to be served on Thursday washing, cutting and mixing the foods in the cafeteria office with guidance from Debi Salas and Candy Biehle of the SISD Child Nutrition Department. The aroma of the vegetables and herbs being prepared was incredible consuming the offices with tantalizing smells.
Along with SISD Child Nutrition Director, Candy Biehle, Mrs. Medrano and her Junior Harvesters were busy preparing wraps using a variety of ingredients from the garden such as red leaf lettuce, mustard greens, spinach, chives, onion, leeks, and cilantro. Baked kale chips were prepared by the Child Nutrition staff using olive oil and salt & pepper. Mrs. Medrano prepared a very tasty tea using lemon balm, lemon grass, and mint from the garden as well.
The food tasting event was a huge success with students asking for seconds and thirds. The SES Junior Harvesters will have more food tasting events for our 3rd & 4th grade students in the weeks to come.
Don't be surprised if your 5th grader starts asking for kale chips, lettuce wraps, or mint tea!