Foodie Friday: The kindergarten and Mr. Bobby’s Pre-k class harvested some sweet potatoes last week so we decided to highlight root vegetables for November Foodie Friday. The students chopped carrots, beets, and sweet potatoes into thin slices and then roasted them into chips. We supplemented our own sweet potatoes with donated carrots and beets from E3 Farms. You can E3 Farms them and many other local growers (including pie pumpkins for $1 this weekend!) at the Wolfforth Farmer’s Market ev ery Saturday from 11-2.

          

Carrot chips were the easiest sell with more than 150 students and teachers trying them and 75% of them liking them. Fewer students tried sweet potatoes (133) but 81% liked them. Finally the beets weren’t done cooking for the earliest lunches but 100 students and teachers tried them and 72% liked them.  Here are the recipes for how to make carrot chips using a veggie peeler and a fancy version of chips with beets and rosemary!

Get your own CTK produce: Speaking of rosemary, we harvested a bunch of it and oregano at the last foodie Friday. These are currently hanging to dry in the school. If you are interested in parsley, rosemary, or oregano please email ctkschoolgarden@gmail.com whether you would like fresh or dried and we will get you prices. We hope to get one CTK Garden farmstand in before Christmas.

Give your Jack-o-Lantern new Life! Please feel free to bring your jack-o-lantern to the CTK Courtyard Garden behind the cafeteria. You can leave them by the big compost piles made out of pallets and we will return them to food for the soil.

Share the Harvest: We have made a delivery of fresh produce every first Friday to the Catholic Charities Food Pantry already this year! This month we took bags of kale and arugula and lettuce mix. If you have any bounty to share please drop it off at the front office on the First Friday and we will get it delivered.

Grow with us! Next Saturday, 11/17 is Family service day from 1-3 pm. No special tools or skills required to volunteer! We will be finishing out our raised bed covers this month and fixing up some other signs, etc. If you are interested in helping and those times don’t work for you please email ctkschoolgarden@gmail.com.   We can always figure something out!

CTK Garden continues to help kids learn where their food comes from and feed the hungry. Please check out the CTK Garden Facebook page for updates and photos. For questions or more information about the CTK Garden please contact Dr. Jessica Tullar Caroom (jessicatullar@gmail.com) or Mrs. Kara Sanchez (ksanchez@ctkcathedralschool.org).