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Whats Up in Windsor by Tina Castelli

Supporting Our Schools

Aug 1, 2017

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When we think of the month of August we think of back to school and life getting back to somewhat of a routine. Teachers are already getting back into their classrooms, cleaning up and decorating for a new year. We often know that teachers spend a lot of their own money in these next few weeks making their classroom and curriculum fun for all our kids. I checked in with the Windsor Education Foundation to see how things are going in Windsor with school just around the corner.

The WEF is working hard helping out our local teachers with $100 gift cards going to all teachers in the WUSD to start their new school year. In August the WEF will also be posting their entry forms on the website for the 2017 Scarecrow Days on the Windsor Town Green. This is a fun event that lasts for the month of October with local groups and classrooms decorating scarecrows for display in the Town Green Sycamore Tree Grove. WEF encourages all to participate. And, something new, The WEF HERO Project will be kicking off shortly after school starts. Information about HERO can be found at www.windsorwe.org

Summer time is here and the farmers in Sonoma County are bursting with fresh fruits and veggies. Now is the best time to buy direct from your local farmers by shopping at Farmers Markets or roadside farm stands at least once a week. Keep fresh produce in the fridge for meals as well as healthy quick snack choices for kids.The Windsor Farmers Market’s Kidz Dig It Club has been offering free cooking classes for kids on the 4th Sunday of each month since 2008. This year they are trying new gluten-free and grain-free recipes for the kids to try. They will be using vintage preparation methods and sometimes old cooking equipment to show kids how our food is made. This month on August 27th the Kidz Dig It chefs will be using a restored 1940’s Grain “Krinkler” which was used to make cream-o-wheat. The grain-free option they will be grinding is Buckwheat. Buckwheat may sound like it is related to wheat but actually it is a seed, more related to sorrel or rhubarb. Buckwheat is a rich source of protein, dietary fiber, four B vitamins and several minerals including high levels of niacin, magnesium and phosphorus. Buckwheat is 72% carbs, including 10% dietary fiber, 3% fat and 13% protein. Buckwheat has a triangular seed and when run through the Krinkler 3 times, first on course, then medium, then fine the seeds produced a smooth grain-free, gluten free buckwheat flour. The Kidz will be mixing this flour with zucchini and other ingredients to make a waffle batter and then each child will make their own waffle, then they will top it off with a drizzle of honey or dip of yogurt sauce.

Save the Date

16th Annual Zucchini Festival, August 27th, at the Windsor Certified Farmers Market, 10-1, Windsor Town Green. Kidz Dig It Club Cooking Class with be at 11 am in the East Pavilion, they will be making Buckwheat Zucchini waffles. Don’t forget the annual Giant Zuke Contest at the Festival, where the heaviest Zuke brought to Market that day by 11 am will win $50. The whole family can join in the Decorated Veggie Contest. Build your own Veggie creation from the pile of fresh veggies and fruits on the tables, Kidz can win a new bike? Best of Show wins $50. The famous Annual Zucchini Car Races start at 11:30, build a car no wider than 11” and make sure the axles go through the squash. Trophies, prizes and ribbons awarded. Ooops the Clown will be at the Windsor Zucchini Festival making free balloon animals for happy kids. Adults can savor Mimosas, Bloody Marys and Wine with the Windsor Chamber and buy a book from the Windsor Friends of the Library Book Sale. Brunch choices will be Charlie’s BBQ – tri-tip, chicken and pulled pork, Falafel Fix – delicious vegan filled pita of falafel, French fries!, cabbage, tomato and cucumber salad and the traditional Ztatziki yogurt sauce, Pilon Kitchen – traditional Venezuelan empanadas, arepas and deep fried cheese and BurtoNZ Bakery with New Zealand style meat pies. Live Music with New Skye Band. This is a Free Event and fun for the whole family.

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