Welcome to a Summer Fruit Haul - Part 1
Georgia Peaches & Michigan Blueberries
In this unit study from 2014 oldest kids are in Jr High, the middle has her own apron, and the little just follows the crowd. That means EVERYONE has their place in the kitchen. For the third year in a row now, we have bought from a fruit company which travels around, delivering fresh fruit to towns and cities around the country. With this we have been able to try our hands at processing, preserving, freezing, drying and of course, baking with Georgia Peaches and Michigan Blueberries. Here we are, unboxing everything...
Fruit Haul - Part 2
Creating a themed unit lesson is very easy to do with everyday activities, particularly during seasonal & holiday breaks when you are not officially conducting "classes." You can throw bible verses, literature, poetry, author biographies, music, documentaries, art & cooking projects, nature studies, history lessons and just about anything else into the mix. I will share just a couple of ideas here...
#1. Add a literary selection and learn about the author.
Peter in Blueberry Land
Author Elsa Beskow
#2. Highlight a piece of poetry and the poet.
Author, Robert Frost
#3. Get Your Apron On!
A Box Garden of Blessings
Living in the city, we don't have the advantage of growing our own produce for the most part. Over the years, we have found other options which we have embraced as a part of our lives and our learning.
We have had a box herb garden in our front yard which has re-seeded itself for the past three years now. This year my husband and middle daughter got their hands dirty, cleaned things out and added to it a bit. I encourage anyone to try this! You'd be surprised how much of a blessing this little garden has been for us! It's fun just to watch it grow, it smells awesome, and is easy to take care of! We just pluck off as much as we need, a pot of soup at a time, then dry what's left at the end of the season.
We have always been big fans of our local Farmer's Markets and farm stands. We have a large Hmong Community in our city and many of them actually do hydroponic gardening year round in their homes. The veggies they produce are so crystal clean and beautiful, because they have never even seen the dirt! We also love to find local honey, eggs and milk.
The moral of the story...
I hope you have enjoyed our 2014 Fruit Haul and the Extras! Teaching our kids to take part in providing for the family, by seeking out the best quality food for reasonable prices, then working together toward preparing and preserving the food for later use is a lesson in itself. Sure, there are times we buy frozen berries from the store and I'm sure we have a can or two of peaches in the cupboard, but using those in no way compares with the times we've spent in our community, meeting people, seeing and appreciating their work and valuing our own.