Getting Ready for the Fair: What a Week!

onion pileJon and Tyler left the school today at 12:30 P.M. to bring 90 vegetable entries to the Common Ground Fair to get ready for tomorrow’s judging in the Exhibition Hall. I really enjoy taking students to the Fair to learn about others crop successes throughout the year, what new growing ideas/ techniques are being tried, how others are making a living through farming and which foods have the best flavors.

The highlight is always the walk through the Hall at noon to see our vegetables on display with those of so many great Maine growers, hoping that we may be awarded a few ribbons to take back to our school.

Taste TestSome other highlights this week:

Students sort through hundreds of our garden vegetables to pick the very best for the fair

Shirley and the kitchen crew come out to visit the garden and bring back 42 tomatoes, 36 cucumbers, heads of garlic and brocolli.

Anna K. gives so much of her time and expertise to train the flower team

Our after school Farm Stand is having a great week and more people are finding us for the very freshest in produce.

Darcie comes in to cook green=fried tomatoes with the students

Tanya visits from Village Soup to get pictures of our National Gardening Award and the harvesting of the big pumpkin

Mrs. Winslow and Mrs. Fancy led the kids in salsa and sauce making for the upcoming cold months

Mr. Thurston’s pickles are resting safely in gallon jars

Mrs. Feeley gets her students back into cooking by making a fantastic garden soup

Linda H. has gotten us all on board to hold a Harvest Lunch at all of the schools to celebrate our local food producers

Students fill out vegetable judging forms as the taste test our best producee

Downeast Books makes a two year commitment to photograph the THMS Garden Project

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