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The Clean Plate Club

Do you have a young aspiring Jacque Pepin, Rachel Ray, or Guy Fieri in your family? Getting your picky eaters grades 1-5, ages 5-12, or excited enthusiasts into a cooking class may be your ticket to food freedom from the kitchen. A knowledge and true understanding of where our food comes from and how to prepare it is a great way to start. Especially when we are living in a society where we are not quite sure of what we are putting in our mouths anymore. If you haven’t harvested it, question it.

Local farms hosting farm to table events are not uncommon along the shoreline. Taking it to a whole new level is Field House Farm, a family run farm, located in Madison Connecticut.  Run by Stephanie Lesnik, along with her family, Field House Farm is a sustainable farm consisting mainly large produce gardens, chickens, heritage turkeys, Shetland and Hampshire sheep, Alpine goats, pigs, a llama, and donkey.

Field House Farm is offering cooking class for the young. Stephanie’s main drive behind the cooking classes was, “to help kids understand where there food comes from. As a mother of four, I have found that my kids being involved in their food choices has helped them become better eaters. At the end of the day, it’s not about making sure my kids eat what I want them to eat rather giving them tools and knowledge to make good decisions.” Taking these classes allows kids to see what the whole process entails from literally root to table. The kids are hands on and at the helm along side some great chefs and nutritionists lined up by Stephanie herself.

Not only does she offer these cooking classes as part of her Clean Plate Club, but she also has added an Agricultural Program for children. Don’t think she’s left you adults out too! The farm to table experience is heard to be OUTSTANDING and usually books up quick so reserve in advance once you see it posted! And her seminars on health and wellbeing with some of the best of the best are not to be missed. Check them out at fieldhousefarm.net and on Facebook.

Slow Foods Shoreline out of New Haven, slowfoodsshoreline.org. A local chapter of Slow Food USA connecting the communities through food education. Through Cook.Eat.Share. they are teaching kids not only to cook, but what is available to them locally. Inspiring young minds to use what they have in their communities, brilliant.

Bon Apetit.

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