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Our 5% Day Goal & What We Plan To Do With The Profits

We’re exciting for our upcoming 5% Day with Whole Foods Markets.  If you shop in any of the listed Whole Foods Market stores on that dayChopChop will receive 5% of what you spend.

 

We're hoping to raise $100,000 for ChopChop.  What do we plan to do with the money?

 

1.We'll use the proceeds toward the ChopChop Test Kitchen.

Funding our Test Kitchen will mean that we are able to offer hands-on cooking instruction to teach fundamental cooking skills and the health benefits of eating real food. We understand the importance of creating an environment where kids and families build

ShopShop for ChopChop At Participating Whole Foods Market Stores

We’re reaching out to our neighbors (Massachusetts residents) to join us on March 7th to ShopShop for ChopChop! 23 Whole Foods Market stores in Massachusetts have taken on ChopChop as a recipient of their 5% day. If you shop in any of the listed Whole Foods Market stores on that day, ChopChop will receive 5% of what you spend.

Help us “ beet ” our goal of $100,000 so we can get our message of healthy cooking and eating real food together to even more families this year.

We'll use the proceeds toward the ChopChop Test Kitchen where we will offer hands-on cooking instruction to teach

Farmers’ Market Fun by Lily Stewart

Have you ever been to a farmers market? Maybe you've seen one as you drive down the road or you've seen the little stands out front of a house selling fruit and vegetables. Well, if you haven't been to one you need to go! Maybe it’s the air filled with aromas of fresh herbs, or the sweet honey sticks I buy—I don’t know!—but I do know that farmers markets are wonderful if you want fresh fruit, vegetables, and other foods, like honey!

I am very lucky to have access to such opportunities like going to a farmers market. My community in Michigan doesn't have many opportunities for healthy food,

How Urban Farms Can Keep You Healthy by Julian Frederick

Hi, I'm Julian and I’m a proud member of the ChopChop Kids Advisory Board.  Today I am going to tell you about urban farming and how it helps communities get access to healthy foods for a healthy living. Many kids take food for granted such as vegetables or foods they don't like. But they should keep in mind that there are some people that don't have much money and may not have much access to fresh foods because there aren't many grocery stores close by. Instead they can only buy food from convenient stores and fast food restaurants which doesn't have many heathy options and that causes people

Siena Farms Kids’ Share 2016, Week 12: Thanksgiving!

This is our last week receiving the Siena Farms Kids’ Share. This week, we are using our share to prepare dishes for a special holiday—Thanksgiving! Our Kids’ Share included Honeynut Squash, Leeks, Carrots, Savoy Cabbage, Purple-Top Turnip, Salanova Lettuce, Shallots, and Apples. The surprise was a kid’s chef’s knife. This is a great share for holiday side dishes.

To start your meal, make our tasty Butternut Squash and Apple Soup using Honeynut Squash (or any type of autumn squash) and apples. Use Purple-Top Turnips for ChopChop’s Roasted Turnips recipe. You can also add in carrots and leeks

Siena Farms Kids’ Share 2016, Week 11: Winter Vegetables

Winter vegetable season is in full swing! This week’s share proved this to be true with vegetables including Butternut Squash, Acorn Squash, Honeynut Squash, Broccoli, Scallions, Leeks, Carrots, Watermelon Radish, Arugula, and a few Siena Farms pins for the surprise!

The weather is cooling down at the ChopChop Headquarters, so we made one of our favorite comfort food recipes, Squashy Chili. For this recipe, we used Honeynut Squash from the share. Additionally, we added in Leeks and topped with scallions for extra flavor.

Looking for the perfect side dish for your Squashy Chili, try

ChopChop Headquarters Update: Breaking Ground!

After months of fundraising and planning, we have officially broke ground on the ChopChop Test Kitchen! It’s only the beginning, but we’re off to a great start, including bench construction and kitchen framework being set. We will be periodically posting updates in the upcoming weeks—check it out:

We could not have done this project with out the backing from our many donors. With their continued support, we will be able to turn this raw space into our very own Test Kitchen, where we will teach kids’ cooking classes, test recipes for our award-winning magazine, conduct cooking and healthy

Siena Farms Kids’ Share 2016, Week 10: Plenty of Potatoes

Did you know that potatoes come in all shapes, sizes, and colors? Potatoes are great because not only are they so many types, but you can also cook them so many ways! This week’s Kids’ Share included three types of potatoes along with some other cold-weather vegetables: Russet Potatoes, Kennebec Potatoes, Strawberry Paw Potatoes, Tuscan Kale, Scallions, Celeriac (Celery Root), Dill, Carrots, and Garlic. This week’s tool was a 1/8th cup measure.

Some of our favorite potato recipes are Sweet Potato Fries, Twice-Baked Potatoes, Latkes, and Potato and Pea Salad. This week, we made different

Siena Farms Kids’ Share 2016, Week 9: Cold Weather, Warm Soup

Soup season has arrived! We love soups because they keep us warm during chilly Fall and Winter nights. Also, they are super fun to make and can be customized easily—not to mention, they make the entire house smell amazing!

We decided to make ChopChop’s Ribollita with the Siena Farms Kids’ Share. Our share this week included Escarole, Red Ace Beets, Carrots, Hakurei Turnips, Kennebec Potatoes, Leeks, Mesclun Salad Mix, Garlic, Thyme, and food scraper for the surprise. The Ribollita recipe called for Kale, so we used Escarole instead. Also, we added leeks and used fresh Thyme in the soup.