spring blossom salad

Posted by on May 9, 2014 in cooking with kids, healthy food, nutrition, Recipes, seasonal celebrations, summer camp, wellness | 0 comments

IMG_6546To celebrate the start of May harvest, we created this seasonal Spring Blossom Salad with some mighty impressive chefs at last Saturday’s Camp Panic fair hosted by KidKlass NYC. With culinary prowess and an eagerness to yield a mixing spoon, children visiting our table helped toss up a crisp salad using seasonal ingredients from the farmers market – an adventure we love sharing with our campers at our Food & Garden Summer Camp each year.

These up-and-coming chefs showed off their skills as botanists as well, as they accurately identified the parts of the plants represented by our salad ingredients. All six parts of the plant – root, stem, leaf, flower, fruit, and seed- are used in this salad to unlock the full nutritional benefits plants have to offer. See if you can match up the ingredient with the part of the plant it represents!

The key to making this recipe is flexibility. Take a trip to the market to see what’s available from local farms and adjust the recipe accordingly. Or use what’s growing in your own backyard. Go foraging for wild dandelions and turn a weed into a delightfully yellow addition to your Spring Blossom Salad.

Cultivate culinary creativity this spring!

Spring Blossom Salad

Serves 4-6


  • 6 cup fresh spinach, chopped
  • 2 cup asparagus, chopped
  • 2 cup radishes, thinly sliced
  • 4 pears or apples, diced
  • ½ cup sunflower seeds
  • ¼ cup edible pansies, nasturtium, or dandelions
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • ½ cup white balsamic vinegar
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • salt and pepper to taste


1. Mix together spinach, asparagus, radishes, pears, sunflower seeds, and edible flowers in a large bowl.

2. Whisk oil, vinegar, garlic, salt and pepper. Toss with salad ingredients. Enjoy!


Parts of the plant identified: root (radish), stem (asparagus), leaf (spinach), flower (pansy, nasturtium, dandelion, etc), fruit (pear or apple), and seed (sunflower seed)

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let’s hear it for the moms in our life!

Posted by on May 7, 2014 in families, Food & Farm program, giving, healthy food, healthy lifestyle, home remedies, local food, news and happenings, raising children, seasonal, seasonal celebrations, wellness | 0 comments

photo (61)This weekend is a celebration of all the mothers out there.

A HUGE thank you goes out to you, and all that you do to make this world a better place!

Your love, dedication, strength, and laughter inspires, nurtures, and helps us grow into the best versions of ourselves.

To celebrate here is a list of fun food and wellness related gifts to consider, featuring our favorite camp partners:

  • Bring her to your local farmers market, and pick up some fresh seasonal flowers, herbs for an herb bouquet or windowsill garden, and ingredients to make a delectable spring meal together (pansies and marigolds for a mother’s day salad?)
  • Pick up some Essence of Vali essential oils made right here in NYC
  • You can never go wrong with Nunu Chocolates
  • Take her out to brunch at Egg 
  • What about a rooftop farm yoga class at sunset with Brooklyn Grange
  • She would love gluten/dairy free, certified organic, enzyme rich treats from Sweet By Jana
  • Book a cheese class with the Bedford Cheese Shop
  • Indulge in handcrafted Ample Hills ice cream, then have a picnic in Prospect Park
  • Get your fermentation and happy gut flora on with Mother In Law’s Kimchi
  • Enjoy Beth’s Farm Kitchen preserves for a homemade breakfast in bed

Whichever way you chose to celebrate the moms in your life, make it a memorable one!

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fun in the snow

Posted by on Feb 19, 2014 in after school, exercise, families, healthy lifestyle, seasonal celebrations, wellness | 0 comments

8499338631_286af76af1It’s been a snowy winter here in New York City.

Instead of it keeping you inside, allow it to provide you with the opportunity to go out there and have some fun!

Here is a list of some fun activities that will get you moving outside (without much investment, like skis).

You won’t even notice it’s cold out with all of the fun you’re having!

Savor wintertime with a delicious mug of hot cocoa, a nice hot bath, or a slow cooked meal.

Soon spring will bloom, and you will be grateful that you made these sweet memories of hot cocoa, and tic tac snow.

Photo courtesy of Miki Yoshihito 



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a wish for the holidays

Posted by on Dec 20, 2013 in families, giving, healthy lifestyle, seasonal celebrations, wellness | 2 comments

6737778905_b26dbf7dd0With the holidays coming up, we wanted to wish you all a peaceful, and enriching time with family and friends.

Here is a fun way to share with your loved ones: think of someone who will be at your holiday festivities, and has made an impact on your life. Write them a gratitude letter, then read it to them in person. This exercise will not only set the tone, but will also foster a deeper connection to your loved ones during this time of togetherness.

Take a step back from all of the holiday craziness, and try to remain present and positive when celebrating with family and friends, no matter what they bring to the table.

Happy holidays, see you in 2014!

Photo courtesy of Roger’s Eye

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kid tested cranberry chutney

Posted by on Nov 25, 2013 in cooking classes, cooking with kids, families, giving, healthy food, holiday, local food, school food, seasonal, seasonal celebrations, Valentine's Day, pink lemonade, cranberries, recipes | 0 comments

IMG_0175Our Thanksgiving cooking class recipe revolved around seasonal fruit like cranberries, apples and pears.

They loved it!

We created a vibrant and fall colored quinoa salad, and to go alongside it, we simmered down a delicious cranberry chutney. A perfect delight for the senses!

Here’s to celebrating the fall harvest, spending time with family and friends, savoring good food, making memories, and giving back to those who need it the most.

Prep Time: 5 minutes Total Time: ~60 minutes


  • 1 c. cranberries
  • 2 c. apples, peeled and chopped
  • 1 c. orange juice
  • 1 t. cinnamon
  • 1 t. ginger
  • 4 T sugar


Add all of the ingredients into a pan and bring to a simmer. Simmer for about 1 hour, or until all ingredients are soft and the liquid has reduced.

Happy Thanksgiving and Hanukkah!

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DIY halloween face mask

Posted by on Nov 1, 2013 in healthy lifestyle, home remedies, nutrition, Recipes, seasonal, seasonal celebrations, wellness | 0 comments

1573579417_d4e8679044October is pumpkin season, and what better way to use them up then to treat yourself (and your family) to a halloween pumpkin mask!

This could make for a perfect new fall family tradition.

Not only are pumpkins great for carving, they are also great for our skin, containing high levels vitamins A, C and E.

Your skin gets soothed by the vitamin A, while it gets repaired by the vitamin E, and gets the added benefit of vitamin C which produces collagen and provides your skin elasticity.

Sounds too good to be true? Try it at home, and have fun with your orange-hued faces!


  • 1/4 cup pumpkin flesh
  • 1 egg
  • 1-2 tbsp honey


1. Whisk: Place pumpkin, egg and honey into a food processor, and blend until mixed.

2. Apply: Avoiding the eyes, nostrils and lips, apply the mask to a clean face. Let it stay on for 15-20 minutes.

3. Remove: Rinse with warm water, and pat dry. Enjoy the beneficial effects of pumpkin!

Photo courtesy of reneS

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