Kids Join First Lady At Westchester Farm

PORT CHESTER, NY (WCBS 880) – It’s the field trip of a lifetime.

LISTEN: WCBS 880’s Catherine Cioffi reports

A group of third graders from the John F. Kennedy magnet school in Port Chester harvested vegetables, collected eggs and made lunch Friday with First Lady Michelle Obama at the Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture in Pocantico Hills.

“I’m excited to meet Michelle Obama. We’re really lucky to go,” one student told WCBS 880 reporter Catherine Cioffi before the trip.

The first lady gave her healthy eating initiative a global showcase also welcoming the spouses of world leaders, from places as diverse as Albania, Mongolia and Swaziland, to the center.

The women, in town for the U.N. General Assembly, ate lunch at the renowned restaurant, Blue Hill at Stone Barns.

Addressing the spouses, Mrs. Obama, wearing an appropriately floral-and foliage-themed print dress, emphasized the importance of children learning directly about the food they eat.

“Many kids may never learn that ketchup comes from a tomato and french fries from a potato,” Mrs. Obama said. “Because they’re disconnected from the food they eat.”

And speaking of tomatoes, the first lady related a story about how daughter Sasha had been a tomato-phobe — until she made her own tomato, mozzarella and pesto sandwich in a cooking class at school. “Do you know those hair tomatoes?” she asked her mother, referring to heirloom tomatoes, Mrs. Obama recounted. “Now THOSE are good tomatoes!”
Now, Mrs. Obama said, Sasha is a fan. “We can do that with our children,” she added.
The day’s meal was prepared by the restaurant’s top chef and co-owner, Dan Barber, as well as three White House chefs who flew up for the occasion: Cristeta Comerford, Bill Yosses and Sam Kass, who is active in the first lady’s anti-obesity initiative.
The spouses were serenaded by a string quartet from the Juilliard School in New York City as they ate.
And yes, of course there was and appropriately healthy dessert: Red jacket apricots, accompanied by “White House honey sorbet.”

LINK: Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture

It’s all part of Mrs. Obama’s “Let’s Move” campaign, a program to combat childhood obesity.

Since launching the campaign, the first lady has focused on getting children to exercise and encouraging schools to provide healthy food.

Earlier this month, Obama addressed the National Restaurant Association prodding the nation’s restaurants to add more healthy options to menus, label those items more prominently and market nutritious foods to kids.

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  • great

    YOU GUYS ARE NUTS, DO YOU KNOW HOW MUCH IT COST FOR SECURITY TO HAVE HER WALK AROUND ALL OF WESTCHESTER? come on look at for unemployment facts. then ask yourself if she should be wasting tax dollar on this junk

  • James

    In some ways you can appreciate the First Lady going to that trouble – but why not go to an inner city school – this school does not really reflect the state
    average for Student Ethnicity (2008) its nice – pretty drive but not in touch with the reality of a failing educational system

    • Chris

      Hip4Kids just conducted its fourth large scale event for the past month at Minisink in Central Harlem ..The Central Harlem Youth Health Revival…we have been working throughout Harlem and myriad other inner city neighborhoods for a decade.Hopefully our efforts will be brought to light too

  • tonya

    The Obama’s have no concept on how to spend money born with silver spoons in mouth I sincerly doubt they have ever had to budget to pay for food. Start by learning how to budget then tell me how to feed my kids!

  • wordc

  • Gigi

    This woman has hate in her eyes-I REALLY DISLIKE HER-TREMENDOUSLY. EVIL.

  • Ricky

    This is an amazing initiative! We need more role models to help our kids see healthy eating and being close to nature things that are fun and exiting! I commend the First Lady on her leadership. I applaud her for this. I see this campaign going much further than it just for our children.

    • chris

      Ricky Hip4Kids http://www.hip4kids has been working to offer solutions to combat childhood obesity and type II diabetes for 10 years any teacher in the country may use our curriculum absolutely free of charge..last year 16,000 end users did just that !

  • NNY Farmer

    You gotta be kidding me! Really, a suburban Westchester County farm! I am sure it has hardwood floors and recessed lighting along with a butler and a few “milk” maids. Again, we are not surprised how out of touch Washington is.

  • Evelyn Banker

    Kids need to know that there are plenty of tasty foods they can eat that will not make them fat..

  • Evelyn Banke

    I’m glad she is getting involved in this. It’s important for kids to get into good eating habits at an early age.

  • C;Mon

    SO lets see. HMM how much will it cost tax payers for her to visit NY.. Lets spend the money right … for interesting facts on unemployment. See for yourself

    • chris

      Hopefully we can provide healthy content by making all parents aware that they need to push for local vegetables in the lunch room, Hip4Kids has been working on solutions for childhood obesity for 10 years, we applaud everyones effort in the cause.

    • kevin

      Whoa…Owe-bama flying on taxpayer dime to a lily white suburb to play witht he rich white kids….how about visiting the South Bronx or Bed-stuy where child obesity is a real issue….disgusting…

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