Vermont School Garden

A visit to a Vermont public school garden through the seasons.

DECEMBER: TIME FOR POTATO PANCAKES

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GLUTENFREE POTATO LATKES RECIPE HERE

peeling potatoes

peeling potatoes

Grating potatoes

Grating potatoes

Grated potatoes~use them quickly or they'll turn brown or grey!

Grated potatoes~use them quickly or they’ll turn brown or grey!

Measuring and mixing.

Measuring and mixing.

Sizzling potato pancakes

Sizzling potato pancakes

Mr Levy’s class made potato pancake (latkes) this morning, but with a new twist. They were gluten free!

The students listened as their teacher read an Irish folktale by Tomie  Depaola about a character who tricks a giant into thinking he’s squeezing water from a stone. The students later discovered that, although their garden potatoes appeared to be as hard as stones, they actually contained quite a bit of water.

Each child participated in the steps to making one of the best treats of the season: crispy fried potato pancakes with apple sauce and sour cream. Mastery of the peeler and the grater was shared among those who were experienced and those who needed coaching.

The children promised to let me know what the leftover uncooked potato mixture would look like by the end of the day. Mr. Levy set it on top of the refrigerator. Their predictions were interesting.

Measuring and predicting conversations abounded. As part of their diversity unit, students heard the story of the symbolic importance of lights and latkes to Jewish people world-wide at this time of year. While the latkes fried, their golden color helped us all to connect to memories of longer sunnier days.

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Author: vermontschoolgarden

I have been an elementary teacher at the Westminster Center School for 30 years. For most of those years, I maintained a garden as part of my teaching curriculum resource. Now I am the Garden Coordinator for all of the Westminster Center School classrooms.

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