Have You Heard Of Green Organic?

The boarding meals at our school will make you drool

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Whitney Kemac and Brea Hallen

Maharishi School boarding students have been eating in style with seasonal, vegetarian, meals delivered to them by Green Organic. Green Organic is a local and sustainable catering service created out of Fairfield, Iowa. They provide regularly scheduled meals with the convenience of delivery right to your door!

Green Organic has a passionate commitment to sourcing fresh, organic and local ingredients.  Green Organic is dedicated to seasonal cuisine and sustainable lifestyle. They’re doing their part to improve the environment by utilizing reusable glass containers, wooden boards for catering and reusable bags.

The founder, Whitney Kemac and sous chef, Brea Hallen (who is also a Maharishi School alumni) have answered some questions about catering to our boarding students. You can find more pictures of their delicious food on their Instagram @greenorganicfairfield.

How did you come up with the idea for Green Organic?

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Green Organic started when all the restaurants in Fairfield shut down during COVID 19. A family friend posted an ad in the Next Door App looking for homemade meals. Having just moved to Fairfield in December and looking for work, this was something I was excited about and could do while taking care of two young children.

I was able to cook and deliver homemade meals with my kids and maintain minimal contact with my client.  I created a versatile menu of organic ingredients, based on the client’s taste and using whatever I could find from the empty grocery aisles. I created signature sauces, dishes and recipes that would be delicious and healthy-using local ingredients I was able to source during a time when sourcing food was a little scary.

I asked if the client wanted it in some sort of Tupperware and he said “Oh, no no don’t put it in plastic”, so I delivered in a reusable glass container the client could just clean and set out at the next delivery time.  Very quickly my experience with hospitality and culinary arts, love and passion for food came through in the dishes- and word of mouth set off a chain reaction.  I now deliver for 30 special clients, honoring their dietary restrictions the best I can. I am so grateful to have found an amazing team who have come together and believe in the future of Green Organic.

What sort of meals do you have planned for the boarding students?

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Our Catering Manager & Sous Chef Brea Hallen and I meet together, test and brainstorm new dishes and flavors we think all would enjoy. The students receive meals from our Fall Menu which you can also check out on our website www.GreenOrganicFairfield.com as well as additional meals we come up with that we think they would enjoy.  They also receive an organic dessert on Thursdays which is fun!

Where do your ingredients come from for those meals?

We source produce from Bob’s Barn (who sources special organic bulk produce for us), Stout’s Market, Fairfield Farmers Market, RPA Garlic Farm, Jorge’s Organics, Tim’s Garden at 8th & Grimes, our Greenhouse at the Depot, our family and friend’s gardens/backyards, Hyvee & Everybody’s Whole Foods.  Foraging is a constant process, but our mission is to support local farmers and work with seasonal, fresh ingredients.

We have a very culturally diverse group of students in the boarding program, do you plan on green organicexperimenting with meals from all over the world to accommodate this?

Definitely, creating a multicultural culinary experience is REALLY important to me.  Since moving from New York City where you can really get that experience right at your fingertips, it was something I missed a lot from my hometown.

The concept for the food is Farm-to-Table World Cuisine, at Green Organic we call it “Farm-to-Door” since most of our meals for Meal Delivery and Catering are delivered. I believe food brings people together and a significant way to connect and learn about different cultures is through food.

Brea and I are working on a little questionnaire for the students to get to know a little more what kind of foods they miss the most from their homes.


Do you feel like Green Organics is gaining support from the Fairfield community?

Green Organic was truly created for the Fairfield community. I honestly never pictured myself becoming a Chef, I don’t have classically trained culinary experience.  But I am very passionate about hospitality and the food/beverage industry.  I am always learning and I am very grateful to have a catering to maharishi boarding studentjob during this time when so many people in the industry are struggling so much.

I was really impressed with how abundantly produce grows in Fairfield coming from a concrete jungle, and my feeling was-Fairfield really needs a Farm-to-Table dining experience.  The delivery option has really seemed essential for many of my clients who either don’t cook, or want to get a break from cooking.  Thank you Fairfield, I am honored to provide you with this service, and I only hope the business continues to grow and reach more of the community.

 

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Summertime for Boarding Students: Pandemic Edition

Have you been wondering what our boarding students are doing this summer?

Given the restrictions on gatherings of large groups, and considering the safety and protection of our summer in the dorms for boarding studentsboarding students, we’re still able to provide them a fun and active summertime experience! Read this blog to see how we’ve modified our summer schedule to suit the needs of our kids.

What is an average “day in the life” of a boarding student during summertime?

Many of our boarders are involved in enrichment courses with the Maharishi School faculty– to strengthen math and language skills. This prepares them for the upcoming school year.
Other students are taking regular tennis lessons. Each week a new activity is available as hosted by the boarding student supervisor’s; for example this week, a couple of boarders are doing the Laser Tag Camp.
Monday through Friday we have a delicious catered lunch from the Golden Dome Market and our local HyVee caters lunches on the weekends. Sushi remains a regular weekend favorite of boarding students being sillythe boarding students.
Our students take regular walks and trips to the stores/cafes on the Fairfield Square.
We can accommodate any special requests by our boarding students as long as they are within the guidelines as designated by the CDC and the administrators of Maharishi School.

What are some fun weekend activities that are available during the summer for boarding students?

Under normal conditions we would be going to movies, shopping at the mall, eating out, seeing performances at Sondheim, going to Adventureland, trampoline park, water park, pool, etc. Because of the pandemic this creates various limitations, however we host game and movie nights in our dormitory for the kids!
boarding students fun summerAnother perk of summertime for the boarding students it that they get to sleep in for as long as they are comfortable, but bedtimes remain the same as during the school year. Click here to see what the daily routine is for a boarding student during the school year!
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Day in the Life of a Boarding Student: Jada Sparks

Why choose Maharishi School for your boarding student?

Maharishi School is a global community with students and families representing over 25 countries. The culture of our school is deeply enriched by students of diverse origin, who come together to create global awareness, and bring their own unique traditions.

We know the decision to send your child to a boarding school isn’t easy. We realize you’re doing this as an investment in their future. We also understand you are making this decision out of love for your child. Because we believe that the world is our family, we take seriously our role as their extended family in the United States.

What is it like boarding at Maharishi School?

senior jada sparks at maharishi school Jada Linn Sparks, 12th grade, boarding student at Maharishi School

When asked about her favorite meal Jada says, “The fridge and the cabinets are always stocked with tons of breakfast foods. There are cereals, milk, eggs and oatmeal. You can also request anything you want! Breakfast cereals are my favorite.”

After school she has an extracurricular activity called Destination Imagination (DI) in addition to her class schedule. DI is the world’s largest creativity and problem-solving competition. DI inspires participants in its programs to think on their feet, work together and devise original solutions to solve challenges. DI goes on for several months in the spring culminating in a state wide competition. Jada loves DI because it is another outlet for her creativity.

In her free time, Jada likes to play Mario Kart, a Nintendo Wii game, on the TV in the common room. In Jada’s dorm room you will find lots of books, her laptop and many art supplies. On the weekends she likes to go out to lunch at Revelations (a local restaurant in Fairfield) with her friends. Jada will also go to Everybody’s boarding students playing gamesCafé to grab a cup of coffee. This cafe is a favorite amongst the students because it’s within walking distance from the dorms.

Jada wants future boarders to know that boarding life at Maharishi School is very entertaining and fun. “Everyone is really different and from lots of nationalities. You hear a lot of different languages and it makes me want to learn Vietnamese.”

 

Boarding Student Jada Spark’s Daily Schedule:

7:00 or 7:30 AMWake up and get ready for school
8:00    AMGo to the common room and eat breakfast with friends
8:15    AMOut the door, walk to school
8:20 AM -4:30 PMSchool, including an organic hot lunch served in the cafeteria
4:30 PM – 6:30 PMDI Extracurricular that Jada participates in during Springtime
5:45 PM -7:00 PMDinnertime with all the boarders
7:00 or 7:30 PMGo to the common room to relax and hang out with friends
7:30 PM – 10:30 PMStudy hours, quiet time in the dorms
10:30 PMLights out ready for bed

 

How is boarding changing in 2020?

Expanding the diversity of our boarding school is our primary goal for the 2020 school year. boarding student common roomCurrently we have boarding students from 8 different countries. Next year we hope to have students representing the African continent, in addition to Asia and Europe. You can also expect to see an boarding student kitchenexpansion of our residential facility to include an enlarged dining space, living commons area and additional bedrooms.

 

 

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