Farm Share Field Kit – experience the farm, from home. Every carefully curated ingredient necessary to make a seasonal meal paired with an immersive take-home learning guide. Field Kit is your opportunity to engage deeply in ecological agriculture and real food with your children.
An interactive passport – download the seasonal workbook to participate at home.
HERE ARE THE STEPS TO CREATING YOUR SUMMER MEAL:
1⁄2 lb dry black beans
2 cloves garlic, peeled
1 sprig epazote
1⁄2 yellow onion, peeled and cut in half 1 bay leaf
2 tsp Kosher salt
First up, black beans! These take some preparation so plan your cooking day ahead of time.
Rinse beans well in cold water, removing any stones and debris. Place in a pot or bowl and cover with cold water by at least 4 inches. Place in the refrigerator overnight to soak.
Drain and cover with fresh water by about an inch. Add garlic, onion, epazote, and bay leaf. Bring to a boil and cook gently until beans are tender, adding water as necessary to keep them just submerged. Cooking will take 1-2 hours depending on the beans.
Once beans are cooked and tender, add the 2 tsp salt and let sit for an hour. If you like firmer beans, drain off most of the water, heat beans, and serve as is. If you like softer, more unctuous beans, leave most of the water and cook a half hour longer until the starch in the beans begins to thicken. Add a tablespoon of butter if you wish.
4 large ripe tomatoes
1⁄2 medium onion, peeled and diced fine
1⁄2 bunch fresh cilantro, washed and dried, and chopped coarsely juice of 1 ripe lime
1 tbsp kosher salt, or to taste
1 small jalapeno, seeds removed and chopped fine. If you like spicy, leave some of the seeds!
Wash tomatoes and remove the cores. With a sharp knife, slice the tomatoes into thick slices and then into strips. Cut the strips into small squares and place into a medium bowl, being sure to include all the juices.
Combine the onion with the lime juice and salt and let sit for 10 minutes
Add the onion, cilantro, and jalapeno to the tomatoes and mix well. Taste for salt and adjust as needed.
FIELD KIT would not be the success it is without the generous contributions from these members of The Ecology Center village.
The Ecology Center believes in a world that gives more than it takes. We have committed to donating as many Field Kits as possible to families who might not otherwise have access. Your donated Field Kit will go directly to children in San Juan Capistrano and South Orange County.
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