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Roots for the Home Team Procures 8 Salads

Sue Moores of Roots for the Home Team organized the event.

Nine teams from Urban Roots, Urban Ventures, Dream of Wild Health and Appetite for Change gathered in the double kitchens at St Paul College on a cold Saturday morning in January to develop the recipes for eight salads and one soup the four groups will take turn selling at the Twins baseball games this year. 

The kids were paid by Roots for the Home Team for their efforts, just as they are when they man the booth at the Twins games. The chefs, however, donated their time to work with the kids to develop a salad that would be both delicious and a big seller. 

“I can’t say enough about the generosity of chefs in this town,” Roots for the Home Team Founder Susan Moores said. “Some of it is a tip of the hat to Nathan and his program.” Nathan is Nathan Sartain who heads up the culinary education program at St. Paul College, the donor of the facilities for the morning. 

Coming up with the recipes for the ballpark is the first step in the process of adding an entrepreneurship and leadership component to the youngsters’ hands-on education about growing healthy food. 

A recipe on paper is often different than the end product, Moores said, which is why the chefs were on hand to make suggestions of things to add or take away. For instance, Moores said, she was a little skeptical at first with the inclusion of grapes with the brown rice, beets and blueberries in the Purple Rain salad, but “I’m serious, it was really tasty.”

Urban Ventures came up with a chicken/vegetable soup with potatoes and hominy to serve on those chilly night games early in the season, Moores said. 

To taste the end results, skip the brats and beer and instead head over to the Roots for Home Team kiosk at Target Field. 

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