Cooking with kids

My son Connor combining his two favorite pastimes:
Cooking and Sleeping.

As a home schooling parent, cooking with my kids and their friends has been of interest to me. Combining some fun with raising their awareness around the issues of sustainable food and social justice has been the goal.

My first foray was to take my daughter Stella to Chiapas Mexico last winter to visit Zapatista communities and Fair Trade farming cooperatives. (Story to come soon). More recently my kids and I have been harvesting wild apples and pears from abandoned orchards in the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore next to our farm. It’s been a good year. Thus far we’ve been making pies, applesauce and freezing the surplus for future creations.

Cooking with kids

Picking apples from the orchard.

Then this past week I hosted a group of 17 kids from our home school group for a class on canning apple sauce. With the permission of Tom Porter, we raided his orchard with buckets and kids on a bright and warm October morning. Back at my place we sorted, cooked, pureed and finally canned our days labor. Going from tree to jar was a bit much for the kids and they were losing steam and interest by the end. I’ve committed to doing this once month with them so I’ll have to adjust either the scale or my ambition next time.

Next on the menu: Canned bean soup, the perfect fall comfort food.

Cooking with kids

Back in the kitchen.


  • Kathleen Young Posted October 18, 2007 4:15 pm

    Wow…and I get to be married to you!

  • Aria Everts Posted June 7, 2008 11:05 pm

    Hi Tim and Kathy- I didn’t know you took your daughter to Chiapas! Wow, how sweet : ) I’m enjoying exploring your site as I think about design ideas for my dad’s – hope to see you sometime and catch up a bit! Take care, Aria

  • Anjii Posted September 12, 2012 6:38 am

    This site is like a clsasroom, except I don’t hate it. lol

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