Monday, May 30, 2011

Beyond Farm-to-School: Bluebird CSA KidsBox

Hi everyone!

Recently I've been telling you a lot about CSA boxes. CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture; basically, you prepay for a box of fresh, in-season produce grown by your local farmers. I was so excited when I learned that the Bluebird CSA program was coming out with a new program called the Bluebird Garden Fresh KidsBox! The KidsBox is a special box of fresh veggies and fruits especially for kids. Patti Robinson of Bluebird explains, "... the KidsBox is a step beyond farm-to-school... fun to dedicate a CSA box as kid-friendly with a healthy recipe each week that would be quick and easy for children over the summer to prepare using box contents.

Bluebird Garden Fresh KidsBox is available for a summer of affordable, quick and easy meals that can be prepared by children in the kitchen [or on the grill] with the help of a parent. Young people benefit from learning how to prepare garden fresh meals in simple ways for busy lives. The aim is to provide 12 weeks of recipes, courtesy of Chef Lizzie of Lizzie Marie Cuisine, and activities over 2011 summer vacation to pave the way for a lifetime of healthy habits that are a delicious alternative. Contents are suitable for 1-2 children depending on portion size. Included are recipes for kids, Eat the Alphabet game and more. Your child receives an assortment: Honey Straws or Local honeybear [tiny size], Cherry tomatoes, Butterbeans, greenbeans or peas [peas come shelled], Melon [cantaloupe or individual size watermelon], Greens [Dinosaur Kale, spinach, etc.], Berries [berries in season], Fruit [peaches, plums, fruit in season], Corn [in husk suitable for roasting], and Root Veggie [carrots, potatoes]."

I was also really excited when Bluebird presented me with an internship: Bluebird CSA Local Foods System Internship. For the next 12 weeks I'll be writing recipes using the produce found in the weekly KidsBox and the recipes will be included in every KidsBox.

The other day we picked up my very first KidsBox to see what would be included in the box. It was super heavy; 32 pounds of fresh fruits and veggies, just for kids! There was so much yummy looking produce in the box like squash, peaches, mini plums, honey sticks, peach cider and a watermelon! It was also cool because they included a kite to encourage kids to play! I can't wait to see what's in next week's KidsBox!

Be sure to visit Bluebird CSA to order your KidsBox.

Let me know how your kids like their KidsBox and share your recipes with me at or Twitter @TheLizzieMarie.

Thanks for reading!
Lizzie Marie

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