More Fruit Not In Go, Go, Grapes: A Fruit Chant

A few more fruit that did not fit in Go, Go, Grapes: gooseberries and black raspberries. It included red raspberries. But here are black raspberries. They grow wild here but are also raised commercially. They are NOT blackberries. They are the same shape as red raspberries and sometimes have a slightly bitter aftertaste. Wild animals around here seem to prefer them over red raspberries. So does my husband Jeff…hmm….

Gooseberries. An uncommon and rather tart fruit Beautiful!Black raspberries!

Cranberries Sour Over Go, Go, Grapes

Alas, so sorry, cranberries! We could not fit you into Go, Go, Grapes: a Fruit Chant which is coming out May 22. Go ahead and be sour. We love your sourness. Tart is art, we say! Here are a few consolation photos of how you looked when we photographed you in hopes of including you in the book.

These are from the Hovenkamp’s booth at South Bend Farmer’s Market. They are Michigan cranberries. (Sorry, New Jersey, we went closer to home for ours.) We live 7 miles from Michigan. Cranberries are also grown extensively in Wisconsin.

Look for a cranberry muffin recipe soon. How much do we love cranberries? Well, we served cranberry (and blueberry) muffins at our wedding reception oh so many years ago.

Cranberry farming in Michigan

www.centennialcranberry.com A historic farm in Michigan

April’s Favorite Apple Salad

In anticipation of Go, Go, Grapes: a Fruit Chant being released, I’m sharing my version of Waldorf salad. We don’t keep mayo around the house. So I just cut up the apples, add celery, pecans, and raisins, and a dab of whatever yogurt we have in the fridge. Yum!

Vegetable Cookery For Kids

I picked up a copy of a magazine called Chop Chop “The fun cooking magazine for families” at a local New Balance shoe store. I have to say the magazine looks great. High quality content. It would be a great place to go after reading Rah, Rah, Radishes: a Vegetable Chant and the upcoming Go, Go, Grapes: a Fruit Chant. So kids’ veggie and fruit enthusiasm can move into the kitchen. Here’s Chop Chop magazine’s site:  http://www.chopchopmag.org/

Travels and Rah, Rah, Radishes Extensions

Erika Thulin Dawes, Ed.D of Lesley University wrote about some terrific extension ideas for Rah, Rah, Radishes: A Vegetable Chant over at  The Classroom Bookshelf . Lots of helpful links, too. HUGELY useful information.

Jeff and I just returned from a 4,600 mile roadtrip to research at desert sites (White Sands, Painted Desert, Meteor Crater). I gave two programs at the spectacular Phoenix Desert Botanical Garden. I also spoke at a conference for early childhood teachers coordinated by Jennifer Haggart of the Early Childhood Consortium of the Omaha Area.  Continue reading “Travels and Rah, Rah, Radishes Extensions”