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This classroom-friendly recipe does not require any cooking, and the local apples make it a sweet treat that kids will love! The associated lesson plan includes classroom suggestions for apple activities.


Recipe from Chef Kirk Fiore, Biltmore

PrintCarrot, Orange, and Honey Soup

Ingredients1 onion, diced
2 celery stalks, diced
4 medium local carrots
2 tbs local honey
1 orange, juiced
1 qt water
1 tbs butter
1⁄2 cup heavy cream or milk
salt and pepper to tasteInstructionsCombine all ingredients in a sauce pot.
Cover and […]

An introduction to carrots for young readers, following them from seed to plant to harvest to store.

Oliver is visiting his grandfather and all he wants to eat is fried potatoes from the garden. But grandfather has an idea – Oliver needs to find the potatoes, and eat any vegetable that he finds first.

A little boy planted a carrot seed, but no one believes a carrot will actually grow. See what happens with a little persistence and steady gardening!

Papa Joe, Mama Bass, Brother Abel, and Sweet Little Isabelle all have different plans for the one carrot seed they planted. To make the carrot grow Papa rakes leaves, Mama pulls weeds, Brother sprinkles water, and Sweet Little Isabelle sings and dances around the carrot top. Will the carrot grow? Will Sweet Little Isabelle be able to make her carrot puddin’?

When gardener Jack craves carrot soup, he tries to pick his biggest carrot from the ground.

From Growing Vegetable Soup, written and illustrated by Lois Ehlert.

A boy goes on a magical journey to the farms where his soup ingredients were grown.