Little Ones Learning Center in Forest Park hosted their annual Taste of Little Ones event on July 12 to share farm to early care and education with their community through food samples, local produce, and fun!
The Jazmin Garden
The Jazmin Green Community Garden was planted in 2013! This garden is in memory of Jazmin Greene, a young girl who was in a school bus tragedy, and now the garden is used as a great way for her community to remember her. The Jazmin Garden was able to supply many ingredients for The Taste of Little Ones Event!
The Taste of Little ones had an array of delicacies created by Chef Germaine using ingredients from the Jazmin Garden!
The buffet started off we a creamy roasted red pepper hummus and served with mini pita bread. The red bell peppers used in the hummus were taken straight from the garden and prepped by Georgia Organics interns! Next up on the menu there was refreshing Asian Sesame Slaw Salad, Dijon Red Potato Salad, and Roasted Corn on the Cob! All made from local produce from the community.
What is a daycare center without finger foods right? The Taste of Little Ones Event had mini chicken sausage and colorful veggie kabobs. The highlight from the veggie kabobs were the red bell peppers also harvested from the garden. Talk about fresh!
Prep work started early! Georgia Organics interns cut, assembled, and prepped 100 kabobs for the big day.
Garden Herb Grilled Chicken was also on the menu! Can you spot the key words? Garden Herb! From the garden there was thyme, oregano, and mint harvested to use in the marinade for the chicken. So much flavor! You also see a sneak peak of the desert, which was Summer Fruit Salad with Mint! Definitely to star of the menu were the Roasted Balsamic Glazed Peaches! They were the perfect combination of sweet, savory, and irresistible. Also, cannot forget to mention literally BURSTING with flavor!Overall, the menu was a great success! All the parents, staff, and community partners enjoyed their Taste of Little Ones!
Chef Zu made an honorable appearance! He wowed the crowd with his “Vegan Fish Fritter”.
Ms. Sunflower with Face Painting!
Taste of Little Ones was full with activities for all the kids. Ms. Sunflower was there to offer face painting, where the kids got to transform into some of their favorite characters! So much creativity.
Taste of Little Ones also exposed the kids to African Drumming and Singing. They learned a new song while dancing to the rhythm of the drums.
Laser Tag in the Playground
TALK ABOUT COOL! The kids had a blast playing laser tag with all their friends. All the parents loved seeing their little ones run around having fun.
DIY Mint Tea Bags for the Parents
The kids were having loads of fun but so were the parents! Parents had to opportunity to make their own DIY mint tea bags to take home with them. This mint was harvested by all the children and hung to dry in their classrooms for several days. This tea was definitely made with love!
The Georgia Organics interns hard at work destemming the mint prior to the event. There was enough mint to fill a 2 gallon ziploc bag. That is a lot of mint, and it all came from the garden!
Cool off with a MOKIPOP!
What is better than an ice cold popsicles after a day full of fun in the sun! MOKIPOPS was there to save the day with their highly enjoyable vegan all natural pops. They were a hit! This award-winning kid business sure did give something to talk about. YUM!
Little Lions Farmstand
Guests who exited the Taste of Little Ones Event saw the Little Lions Farm Stand. The farm stand featured purple and green bell peppers, mint, shishito peppers, red and green okras and more from the garden and local produce sourced from The Common Market. The Little Lions Farm Stand not only accepts EBT, but they also double it! For every one EBT dollar customers could get two dollars worth of produce. Way to go Little ones for supporting local produce!