We awoke on our final day of camp to the roosters crowing and the first light of dawn fading. The kids were up and ready for the day's lesson first thing in the morning so we ate our breakfast of Eatwell Farm's fresh eggs, roasted potatoes and French toast with berry compote made by the campers for a great early start!
After breakfast, we headed over (very quietly) to watch Lorraine and Nigel milk the cows and then each camper got a chance to have some quality time with their beautiful horse, Stella.
After visiting with the cows and with Stella we divided back into our four teams (mint, parsley, basil, and lavender!) and started on lunch. Each group was responsible for one dish and got to decide from what ingredients they would forage to how they would season it. The campers and their counselors headed back out into the fields to harvest and then lunch prep got under way. Two groups decided to augment their vegetables and fruits with some beans so we ended up with a truly well-balanced lunch including two types of bean dip with crudités, a caprese salad with mint, basil and fresh tomatoes (Isaiah's favorite), an heirloom bean salad (beans from Tierra Vegetables) with assorted leafy greens and a fruit salad decorated with fresh flowers.
After lunch and cleanup we gave credits for the day (a chance for campers and counselors to thank eachother for specific things that made them feel good or were particularly helpful) and then we all got the opportunity to ask Lorraine more questions about Eatwell Farm. There were a lot of questions about the baby chicks and we learned about how important it is to pay attention to where our eggs come from.
Upon departing, Lorraine and Nigel surprised us all by announcing that we would EACH get to go home with an Eatwell CSA box! We didn't think that Lorraine and Nigel could be any more generous than they'd already been with us; the fact that every camper and counselor got to go home with a box of fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs was just the icing on the cake for us! We loaded up our tents and cooking supplies (CSA boxes in tow) and headed back to the city to tell all our friends and family of our wonderful adventures!
We can't wait to see what next session's camp has in store for us!
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