It seems there are endless days left of creating school lunches — and of finding ways to actually get your kids to eat what’s being packed.
Kara O’Dempsey, Rebecca Sholiton and Nate Cooper, co-founders of EatPakd, are working to help parents find a solution to this age-old dilemma.
The Chicago-based start-up recently expanded to Ohio to provide balanced kids’ lunches that contain protein, fruit, veggies and something sweet. The EatPakd platform enables parents to easily order lunches online for the upcoming week and choose from a wide selection of balanced meals. Prepared in a commercial kitchen, lunches are made, packed and delivered anywhere in the Midwest via FedEx using cold technology. The meal plans start at $26 per week, with four-, eight- or 12-Pak delivery options. The lunches are peanut and tree nut-free and are allergen-friendly.
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Every March, visitors to Hale Farm & Village take a trip back in time to when early Ohio settlers began a tradition that’s now known and celebrated as the Maple Sugar Festival.
Of course, Ohioans in the 1800s probably didn’t call their late winter maple-tree tapping a festival, but the onset of maple sap brought families together to socialize and welcome spring, just as it still does today.
Besides, can you think of a better place to take the kids in mid-March for a pancake breakfast, then see some cute oxen, sheep, and baby chicks? Then you can head over to the Sugar House where storyteller Jeff Jones will be dressed in his authentic 1812-era trousers and stockings.
A veteran Maple Sugar Festival historian, Jeff really knows his stuff. He will take you and your family to the sugar bush near the Sugar House with his drill and tomahawk and show you how early settlers and Indians tapped the maple trees for sap, then boiled it for eight hours into sweet syrup.
But don’t worry, you won’t need to stand around in the cold for eight hours watching sap turn into syrup. Hale Farm will have samples of maple syrup made days before and ready for tasting at the Maple Sugar Festival.
No Shortage of Family Fun
Hale Farm & Village will open all its buildings during the Maple Sugar Festival, so besides sugaring camp there will be glassblowing, spinning and weaving, as well as blacksmithing demonstrations. The marketplace will also be open for shopping, and Ohio-made syrup will be among the items available for purchase.
The festival will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on March 11, 12, 18, and 19. Admission for breakfast (which will be served until 3 p.m.) and all the activities is $15 for adults, $10 for children age 3-12, and $5 for members....