Vermont School Garden

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

More Green for March: Spinach Potato Soup

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Stirring spinach potato soup

Stirring spinach potato soup

RECIPE: Spinach Potato Soup

cutting potatoes

cutting potatoes

ingredients

cutting potatoes

cutting potatoes

We hope to extend the growing season of our school garden next year. If we do, we may be able to grown our own spinach for this hearty delicious soup. It was made by the youngest children in the After School Program with a little help from older students. Children at any school age LOVE the responsibility of using a sharp knife. It really helps them to keep focused on their job. These youngsters are cutting up our school garden potatoes from last summer.

They’re adding them to some ‘sweated’ onions. Then, with the magic of heat and a bit of chicken broth to cover, the potatoes soften in no time.

While the soup boiled, children wrote their own stories about how the soup was made…the beginnings of labeled drawings are emerging as you can see. Each child has his/her own way of expressing the magical transformation from potatoes, spinach and chicken broth to soup. (Click on any photo to enlarge.) We blended the ingredients with a wand. Next, just a touch of heavy cream and….yum! Students slurped up their nutritious snack. Full recipe above!

labeled drawing

labeled drawing

Isabel was stirring the pot

Isabel was stirring the pot

labeled diagram (note the word 'steam' at the top)

labeled diagram (note the word ‘steam’ at the top)

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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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