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Back to School Bash at New Leaf Community Markets

New Leaf offers healthy ideas for school lunches
New Leaf offers healthy ideas for school lunches
New Leaf Community Markets

It’s back to school season—which also means thinking about back to school lunches, snacks, etc. Living on the Central Coast we have lots of fresh food available, but providing lunches and/or snacks for your kids definitely takes planning. Luckily, New Leaf Community Markets in Santa Cruz and Capitola are hosting events to help.

Community members are invited to visit the Westside store Saturday, Aug. 16 from noon to 3 p.m. for the back to school bash, which will provide ideas for getting ready for the school year ahead. Attendees can sample hot products, enjoy an educational store tour and healthy lunch cooking demos, and participate in fun games and raffles. There will be live music too.

The store tour occurs at 2-3 p.m. It’s called “Lunch Box Heroes” and New Leaf staff will teach which foods are best for your kids (nutrient dense, etc.) to help keep them energized and focused all day long. Tastes of a few of the shop’s favorites will be offered; participants are urged to “bring the kids along to taste as we go!”

Samples from vendors will include

  • Earl’s Organics Fresh Fruit
  • Sambazon Acai Bowls
  • Betsy’s Bar Non
  • Creative Cultures Probiotic Drinks
  • Justin’s Peanut Butter
  • Honest Chips
  • Annie’s Cheddar Bunnies
  • SeaSnax

Cookbook Author Elizabeth Borelli will be in the classroom cooking up some healthy lunch options like Vegetable Nori Wraps and Sprouted Wheat Cookies.

From noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 17, there will be a similar Back to School Bash at the Capitola New Leaf. In addition to product samples and lunch demos, highlights include free kids’ haircuts and a fire truck.

For general information, see the New Leaf web site at

For Westside events, visit
For Capitola events, visit (note that as of press time, no events after July 2014 are listed on this page).

New Leaf Westside location: 1101 Fair Ave., Santa Cruz, 831-426-1306
New Leaf Capitola location: 1210 41st Ave., Capitola, 831-479-7987

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