summer camp early bird special!

Posted by on Mar 8, 2016 in cooking with kids, families, gardens, healthy food, healthy lifestyle, raising children, summer camp, sustainability | 0 comments

Early Bird Camp Special Ends Tuesday, March 15th

IMG_2363Sign up for our Food & Garden Summer Camp before the early bird flies away!

As spring approaches each year, our camp team becomes increasingly excited since after spring comes summer, and with summer comes the opportunity for us to play, dig, cook, explore and grow at Butter Beans Food & Garden Summer Camp!

Technically, our camp is for children ages 5-11, but it’s impossible for our team to not have fun as they take our campers on amazing adventures through the food landscape of a city as densely diverse and exciting as NYC.

We love the laughter and joy that comes with handing a child his or her first worm and teaching them the important role worms play in creating the compost we’ll use in our garden. We also can’t resist the thoughtfully crafted dishes made by expert food artisans who are dedicated to making our city healthier and better by sourcing ingredients locally and sustainably. And how can we not mention the time spent foraging in the parks for wild edibles?11539620_919843904741212_3458107264933377832_n

This is what our camp is all about, and these are just a few of the experiences we begin to eagerly anticipate as winter turns to spring.

We work diligently throughout preceding months to curate a summer experience that keeps your child/ren thoroughly engaged!

And while our field trips and workshops are meant to be a ton of fun, they are also hugely educational! Our campers don’t realize how much they’re improving their math, science, communication, interpersonal and problem-solving skills, but their parents do!

Join us for summer 2016 and give your child/ren the opportunity to play, dig, cook, explore and grow at camp.
If you sign up before Tuesday, March 15th you’ll receive 10% off camp tuition! This discount can be combined with our sibling discount as well as returning camp discount! Depending on your situation, you could save up to 15% on camp tuition.

There’s no reason not to sign up now! Summer is coming and it’s sure to be an amazing one for all at Butter Beans Food & Garden Summer Camp!

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roasted carrot fries

Posted by on Mar 1, 2016 in cooking with kids, healthy food, nutrition, Recipes, seasonal | 0 comments


Move over spuds, let’s let other root vegetables shine!

Simple ingredients leads to simply delicious!

Carrot fries should be at the top of your mind when it comes to an easy and tasty side dish for dinner.

So simple to make, packed with nutrition, and satisfying to your sweet tooth, carrot fries are here to stay.

We hope that you enjoy making them a staple in your home!

Prep Time: 5 minutes Total Time: 45 minutes

Serves 2


  • 4 medium carrots
  • 2 T sunflower oil
  • Sea salt to your liking


1) Preheat your oven to 400F. Cut carrots into matchsticks. Add carrots to a roasting pan, drizzle sunflower oil and sprinkle sea salt.

2) Place in the oven and let cook for 40 minutes, mixing from time to time until carrots become soft and caramelized.

This post was written by Flora McKay, Director of Community & Nutrition

Photo courtesy of Amelia Crook


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