Move over, pumpkin patches—this 240-acre organic Indian Hill farm offers health-conscious cooking classes through their Teaching Kitchen this fall. Each class, whether it’s a public or private session, is perfectly seasonal and anything but basic.
Driving up the long gravel drive, I’m transported to a simpler time. To my left, draft horses pull plows. To my right, a fenced-in area filled with plants blowing in the breeze. And at the end of the path, a picturesque farmhouse greets me.
The moment you enter Turner Farm, you know this place is something special. It’s far more than just an organic farm.
“If you don’t know how to properly cook organic produce, you won’t get the nutrients you need,” says Robert Edmiston, Executive Director of Turner Farm. “We recognize our responsibility to be proper stewards of the land, ourselves, and our community.”
This passionate mission is brought to life through their integrative nutrition education and community events.
“When I took over this position six years ago,” he continued. “My thought process was: I want to make a larger contribution.”
And thus, the Turner Farm Teaching Kitchen was born.
The program is part of a national teaching kitchen collaborative and is housed in a fully renovated, 100-year-old, two-story barn. The spacious kitchen can fit eight two-person teams to work alongside Chef Stephanie Michalak, while televisions in the accompanying room expand the learning to up to 50 guests.
You can schedule your own private event for anything from team-building excursions to club outings. They’ll even personalize the class to focus on what you want to learn about.
I, for one, can’t wait for their upcoming scheduled classes. On Tuesday, October 29th, they’ll host a “Parent & (Pre)Teen Class: Fall Party Favorites & Snacks” from 4:30 to 6:30 PM and on Wednesday, November 6th, they’ll host “Meal Planning & Prep: Healthy Thanksgiving Edition” from 6:30 to 8 PM.
Even if you can’t make it to their Indian Hill location for a class, you can get a taste of Turner Farm on Saturdays at Findlay Market and on Thursdays at the Madeira Farmers Market.
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Learn more about all their upcoming events on their website. You can also contact Mary Joseph directly at firstname.lastname@example.org for additional cooking class information, including availability and booking.