Communal cooking of delicious wholesome meals over a wood fire is an important part of a Kroka experience. Students take turns gathering ingredients from the farm, garden and the forest, cooking, cleaning and tending the fire. Most meals are vegetarian, and we work to eat meat we have a relationship with: fish that we catch, chickens from our farm, or meat that is raised at local farms. While many ingredients are grown at camp and on local family farms, we also purchase local and/or organically grown products as they are available. We emphasize three nourishing meals per day and provide snacks in between as needed.
"My son has said many times that Kroka had the most delicious food. He was raving to me the other night while we drank some peppermint tea how I just can't understand how good hemlock tea is when you are in the woods and collected the hemlock yourself." - Kroka Parent
For children away from home, the comfort and familial-time provided by a community meal are critical. We emphasize three nourishing meals per day and provide snacks in between as needed. While the food at Kroka may be different from what some students eat at home, we ask them to keep an open mind and try a small portion. We often eat a first course of a meal with a conversation about this food’s story, and gratitude for all the beings that helped this food arrive in our bowls. This helps to heighten students' awareness and not waste any food. We love to help students discover new foods to enjoy.