Day Four at Bay Leaf Kitchen Summer Camp: Eatwell Farm

Yesterday we gathered our cooking supplies, packed our sleeping bags and headed out of the city for our overnight trip to Eatwell Farm!

On the trip up (about an hour away) the campers observed the trees and plants growing outside as we drove and tried to identify the different agriculture they saw. 

Beccan, Aiden, Luke, Izzy, Amanda, Mia and Carlos getting goofy on the bus ride. 

Beccan, Aiden, Luke, Izzy, Amanda, Mia and Carlos getting goofy on the bus ride. 

Once we arrived at Eatwell, we divided into our farm teams (mint, lavender, parsley and basil) and came up with cool group cheers: "Basil will rock the farm, we are full of fun and charm." After lunch, with our hats and sunscreen slathered faces, Lorraine and Nigel gave us a tour of the farm and let us roam around to pick mulberries, look at the ducks and get our fill of strawberries fresh off the vine! There is nothing like a warm, ripe strawberry. 

The campers found some of the freshest, juiciest strawberries I have ever seen. 

The campers found some of the freshest, juiciest strawberries I have ever seen. 

After our morning tour we had some free time. It was really hot so Lorraine set us up with a sprinkler and we all cooled down in the water (and made some good mud in the process). We played some games, worked on our journals and then got down to the serious business of planning dinner (what else?).

The campers brainstormed concepts for their group dish before setting out on the farm to forage for their ingredients! The bounty they came back with was truly astounding and they all used their cooking knowledge to figure out how the ingredients would work best together and how they much of everything they would need. 

Once ingredients were picked, we all gathered around for a fish fileting demonstration from our friend, Anna Larsen, founder of Siren SeaSA - a fresh fish CSA for the San Francisco Bay Area. Some of the kids jumped right in and showed some real talent and a lot of bravery with their filleting skills and their willingness to try something so new! 

The campers developed their own recipes to go with the halibut that Anna taught us how to filet! 

The campers developed their own recipes to go with the halibut that Anna taught us how to filet! 

After a long day of activity we finally sat down to enjoy the fruits (and vegetables) of our labor! We feasted on fish, cooked in fresh tomato sauce, mixed green salads with herbs and homemade dressing, coleslaw. fruit purées and medleys and roasted potatoes. 

After dinner and clean-up we all gathered around the fire pit for s'mores (made with homemade graham crackers and marshmallows and chocolate donated by Dandelion Chcoloates) and skits, written and performed by the campers. They were very funny and entertaining! After many laughs, we all settled into our tents for our night under the stars.

All in all, I'd say it was a very fine day!  

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-Rachel