I was recently invited to write for Jewish Food Experience and immediately pitched them a story on apples. I had just spent a wonderful morning taste testing apples with pre-K students. Plus, Chanukah was coming up. What better time to share an apple sauce recipe? Tonight, to celebrate the first night of Chanukah (and my first piece for Jewish Food Experience) I'm sharing my article:
With a bag full of apples, I waded through throngs of kids into Thomson Elementary School. My friend Shayna Tivona—Ms. Tivona to her 17 pre-K students—had invited me to take a break from my work on a small Pennsylvania farm and visit her class for their unit on trees.
The three-, four- and five-year-olds had already come up with some excellent questions: What is a seed? How do trees grow up? What food comes from trees?
Students were eager to talk to “Farmer Julia,” telling me about trees they had seen and fruits they had eaten. I passed around four different apple varieties and students shared observations as they held, shook and sniffed the fruit.