F2S News: September 2011

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Digging root vegetables in Goodhue County

To say that L&R Poultry & Produce is big on root vegetables would be an understatement! Now a supplier to the Northfield and Goodhue schools, the family-owned farm near Northfield, Minnesota, produces thousands of pounds of potatoes, yellow and red onions, carrots, beets, rutabagas, radishes, turnips and even horseradish. L&R’s owner, Rae Rusnak, represents a new breed of farmer that is helping nearby schools eat local. Read more.

The "State of School Nutrition 2011"

A new national survey of school foodservice directors shows that students heading back to school this fall will find more fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grain options and locally grown foods in school cafeterias where meals are served to nearly 32 million children every school day. Nearly half (48%) of respondents are offering locally sourced fruits and vegetables. Read more.

Hastings Schools celebrate Farm to School Month!

Hastings Schools, one of the growing number of Minnesota districts participating in Farm to School Month, will offer students a variety of Minnesota-grown foods during the month of September. This is part of an expanding effort to connect kindergarten to grade 12 students with fresh, locally grown foods and the farmers who grow them. Read more.

Watermelon Queen takes on Farm to School

Maryland may not have a Butter Princess, but they have a Watermelon Queen! Sporting a tiara and sash, Jordan Calloway returns to her old elementary school to serve up locally grown watermelon. Read more.

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