Making Kale Chips with Farmer Nick

Posted by on October 18, 2016

Today was our annual Pre-Kindergarten Pumpkin Patch Field Trip to Mountainside. Among all of the fun activities we had planned for the children, one of the most exciting rotations was learning how to make kale chips with Farmer Nick! You see, Mountainside has a working farm and Nick was on hand to teach our students about a fun farm-to-table snack!

First, you pick the kale from your garden! Lucky for us, Nick had harvested the kale yesterday, washed and dried it, and had it ready for the kids.


Each child was given a handful of kale and was instructed to tear it up into bite-sized pieces. Fun, right?! You bet! After it was torn to shreds, Nick instructed each child to add a teaspoon of olive oil, a sprinkle of salt, and then massage all three of the ingredients together until they were evenly coated. This part included lots of laughs and giggles as they got a little messy!


Once the kale was evenly coated, the children finally get to ask for some help… cooking the chips! We sauteed them for 20 minutes on the grill, but you can also bake them at 350 degrees for about 15 minutes.

kale chips

The children all tried the chips and some even came back for seconds. We love this super easy treat! Thanks, Nick!