Could anything be more endearing to welcome us back to school after three days home sick with strep?
With a community garden a year in the ground, our elementary school’s Garden Club held its third market to raise funds to keep the garden growing. Undeniably, one of my favorite markets of the season, despite the fact that Noah cried through most of it (even, sadly, through a cider donut).
The students, who help with the garden in the spring and fall, came in for two early morning meetings to plan and create promotional and pricing signs. With kid involvement along the way, a variety of talents in our community came together for a very professional-looking, but still homegrown, school farmer’s market. My neighbor who has helped lead the last three farmer’s markets has gardening in her genes, and she’s an excellent shopper too (nearly everything supplied by local farms and bakeries sold out). Another family jarred adorably named and labeled pancake mixes (we got “Mom, I Ate Them All” Chocolate Chip). A chef at a local restaurant set up a table of his own butternut squash soup, granola and baked goods, to benefit a local group called Growing Great Schools which aims to foster students’ connection to their food sources.
We helped by hosting a play dough making session last week.
We created little bags of play dough to sell (we sold about 50 bags at $2 each) with pumpkin-pie scented orange and black for jack-o-lantern and apple cinnamon scented red and green for apple pie play dough. I made some extra play dough for a crafts table that parents set up for kids working or shopping the market. Spiced play dough, glitter, pipe cleaners, googley eyes – a total delight. The crafts table was packed the whole time.
These recipes are close to the usual play dough recipe I use, but makes a bigger batch.
Spiced Play Dough
- 5 1/2 cups flour
- 2 cups salt
- 8 teaspoons cream of tartar
- 3/4 cup oil
- 4 cups water, tinted to desired color (for orange, use 1 part red to 2 parts yellow; for black, use red, yellow and blue)
- For pumpkin spice: Mix in 1 container of pumpkin pie spice (or mix equal parts cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and ginger)
- For apple pie play dough: Add several cinnamon apple or caramel apple teabags to water and mix in 1 teaspoon vanilla.
Place water in a small saucepan and add food coloring to proper tint. Bring to a boil. Mix all dry ingredients together in large heat-safe bowl. Add oil and tinted, boiling water. Stir a few minutes until lumps disappear and dough forms. Knead on a floured surface until smooth. Store in an airtight container.
Oh DON’T FEED THE PLAYDOUGH TO DOGS! Poor Henry (a friend’s dog) couldn’t resist the scented apple pie play dough and apparently the salt was no good for him.