On September 29th, schools around the state are celebrating Washington agriculture with Taste Washington Day. Participating schools around the state will be serving a locally-sourced meal and providing education and activities to celebrate the farms that feed us. Interestingly, on the very same day, we’ll be serving up a special menu here at Boundary Bay Brewery made with food grown at school by local kids!
Imagine sitting down for dinner at your favorite local restaurant and realizing that the special of the day features vegetables grown by youth in school gardens. Better yet, imagine knowing that 5% of the profits from your dinner will be donated back to the schools that grew those vegetables! Well, that’s exactly what’s happening here for Kids Grown Night at Boundary Bay Brewery on Wednesday, September 29th!
We’re exctied to be a part of Kid Grown Night which is a fund and awareness raiser for the Whatcom County School Garden Collective (WCSGC), which provides coordinated leadership and support for a growing number (currently at eleven) of school gardens in Whatcom County. The collective was looking for a good way to increase financial support for school gardens, but they also wanted the kids who grew the food to see how it was being used and enjoyed in local restaurants. “This is such a great way for kids to connect with food not only seed-to-table, but also seed-to-market,” says Liz Schale, a Garden Educator with the WCSGC and the coordinator of Kid Grown night. “They are learning about the value of the foods they have grown, and will have an opportunity to interact with the chefs from our partnering restaurants.”
The Whatcom County School Garden Collective is a project of Common Threads Farm that provides coordinated resources and garden-based teaching expertise to partner schools throughout Whatcom County. The schools they are currently working with include Beach Elementary, Birchwood Elementary, Columbia Elementary, Lummi Nation School, Roosevelt Elementary, and Squalicum High School. For more information on the Whatcom County School Garden Collective, or to learn how to start a garden at your school, visitwww.commonthreadsfarm.org.
Plan on loading up the whole family and joining us here at Boundary Bay Brewery next Wednesday, September 29th as we celebrate local foods and the Whatcom County School Garden Collective! We got to choose from veggies the kids had grown in their school garden including eggplants, lots of leafy greens, carrots, potatoes, delicata squash and beans! Our chef is thrilled to take on this challenge and has come up with a dish of panko breaded, pan-fried eggplant with a green tomato pesto, served chilled. Our chef is really excited about the pesto he’s whipped up from the green tomatoes and says it’ll be a nice, light, citric, counterpoint to fried and breaded eggplant. Come try it!
And if you can’t join us on that Wednesday, you can also get a Kid Grown meal at Nimbus on September 27th and/or at Pastazza on September 28th.