Waldorf Holiday Fair features local, organic food

From left: Waldorf students Malcolm Smith, Sebastian Lissarrague, and Forrest Gucker have fun at their local organic creperie booth at the Waldorf School Holiday Fair in Shelburne Friday, Nov. 30. Proceeds from the creperie were donated to the school.

The Holiday Fair at the Lake Champlain Waldorf School was a great success. Along with a myriad of festive activities and great shopping, this year event organizers incorporated local and organic food into the café. With the help of funding from the Lattner Foundation, 8th grade and 12th grade families enthusiastically cooked together all week.

The school received fantastic support from many local businesses and farms which chipped in and donated food for the café.  The Shelburne Supermarket donated over 100 hamburgers and buns to the Holiday Fair. “We asked them if they could upgrade the donation to make the rolls organic and the hamburger meat local,” said 8th grade parent and organizer Tanna Kelton. “They were happy to do so!” Healthy Living generously donated 100 Applegate organic hot dogs and buns. Businesses and farms supported the school’s commitment to quality food.

One of the highlights of the Fair was the créperie, a gift to the community from high school seniors Sebastian Lissarrague, Malcolm Smith, and Forrest Gucker. Lissarrague, coming from a long line of foodies, was excited to do this with his friends. He explained, “My father is a chef and there is always a lot of cooking going on in our house, and crépes are a fun thing.” Parent Wendy Bratt helped the students source their ingredients, and coordinated organic milk and cream donations from Kimball Brook Farm and organic eggs. The students came up with the menu and the design of their booth. All of the proceeds from their sales were donated to the school.

“We want to encourage our students and their families to think about where their food comes from,” said Publicity Coordinator Melinda Haselton. “By integrating organic and local food into the Fair, we help our community make the connection to their food, and to think about what they are putting in their bodies.” The Waldorf School hopes that this will be a starting point, so that families and the greater community can bring more awareness to their food, and what better time to do it than the holidays.

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