|Locavore Pumpkin Project
The Senior and Ambassador Girl Scouts of Troop 3288 provided a specially created dinner for the residents of Sophia House women’s shelter in Rockville, MD on Sunday December 1, 2013 for their “Take Action” project as part of the Sow What Journey. The Scouts gathered in their Advisor’s kitchen to begin dinner preparations on Sunday November 10. Using 16 sugar pumpkins donated by Good Earth Landscape, Potomac, MD and grown just 53 miles away at Baughers Orchard in Westminster, MD, the Scouts harvested the pumpkin pulp and made their own puree! After roasting, steaming and even microwaving sections, these pumpkins yielded enough puree for 72 pumpkin muffins (for breakfast), 15 small loaves of freshly baked pumpkin bread (shipped to former Troop members who are now in college!), 30 pumpkin parfait dessert cups and then some. The roasted pumpkin seeds provided a crunchy topping for a fall garden salad. On December 1, the meal was completed with roasted pork tenderloin, pasta with pesto sauce, fresh rolls and apple cider. This true “harvest to table” experience afforded the Scouts a tremendous opportunity to not only provide a nutritious meal for the 30 women of Sophia House, but to learn the true meaning of “locavore” and to positively impact our local food network while working as a team to serve others. Submitted by Melanie R. Mason.