Yesterday’s picking with the kindergarten class turned into yummy zucchini muffins today courtesy of John and Sidra’s kitchen. Most of our young friends enjoyed and all agreed to try which were small victories enough, but the experience also awakened in them an awareness of the source of their foods and a willingness to try some more. As shown in these overheard comments: “These bucchini muffins are so delicious!” and “I don’t know what an eggplant is, but I want to pick one!”
The trip to the herb patch was also a welcome opportunity to try something completely new. Each child received a small sprig of mint to sample, and “It tastes like gum” was a popular response. However, one student felt that “tastes like dirt” was a more apt description.
Whatever the verdict on the new tasting experiences, the children’s willingness to engage new tastes and new experiences was a heartening reminder that good habits are easy to impart to accepting young audiences.