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Just what do we do at Leland Public School to celebrate Farm to School Month in October??

~ In-School Farmer’s Market for all students, staff and the community

~ Numerous classroom sampling and educational presentations using local produce (kale, heirloom tomatoes, strawberries…)

~ As many local products are offered through the cafeteria breakfast and lunch (green peppers, kale & apple salad, green beans, onions, carrots, cucumbers, heirloom tomatoes, potatoes, whole wheat rolls using Leelanau County grown wheat and made by 9 Bean Rows, locally made mozzarella, mixed greens, radishes, radish greens, pea shoots, apples, pears, strawberries, squash, sweet potatoes, grapes, tofu, tomatoes (heirloom & others), Shetler’s milk…

~ Free family dinner night serving all local products (Gabe’s or Buntings hot dogs and brats, tricolored potatoes and beans, mixed greens, pea shoots, Famous Kream Mustard, dried cherries, apples, tofu, Shetler’s milk, apple crisp, ice cream, buns made at 9 Bean Rows with Leelanau County grown wheat), scratch made dressing using local strawberries)

~ Classrooms visit numerous local farms and receive educational, hands-on presentations from the farmers, as well as sample many items. Farms that are visited in the fall: Bakker’s Acres, 9 Bean Rows, Black Star Farms, Boss Mouse Artisan Cheese, Shetler’s Dairy, Moomer’s…)

~ Posters of local farmer’s displayed throughout the school

~ Labeling all local foods offered at each school meal

~ Serving local produce for snack time with all Kindergarten through second grade students

~ Posting photo’s of all the students participating in eating local foods

 

With support from the LPS Food Service Program, Leland Education Foundation, LPS School Board, and Administration, Leland Public School has been able to implement a Farm to School program.

 

What is Farm to School?

Farm to School is a model of purchasing local foods to use in scratch prepared meals, resulting in fresh nutritious meals and economic benefits for the local farming community.

What changes will we see in the cafeteria?

Immediate changes began in 2011 with the rollout of Wellness Wednesdays, where lunches were scratch-prepared and featured as much local food as is feasible. Examples of such meals include a monthly potato bar with local potatoes and produce(as available); a sandwich bar with local bread, tomatoes, and other produce; and homemade black bean enchiladas with local salad greens or strawberries. Due to the success of this pilot, every Tuesday and every other Thursday now also offers scratch-prepared and local food’s.We have also increased the program by serving breakfasts using Michigan eggs from Cherry Capitol Foods and strawberries from Leelanau Fruits for yogurt parfaits and smoothies

 

.How can I support the Farm to School program?

Encourage your children to purchase lunches on Tuesday’s, Wednesday’s and Thursday’s that serve scratch-made, local foods!Talk to your kids about the importance of supporting local farmers and eating nutritious, scratch-prepared meals. It’s that easy!

 

**** Call to local Farm Families****

Please contact our Farm to School Coordinator (see below) if you wish to sell farm products to the school. We welcome and encourage your participation.

Questions/Comments?

Contact- LPS Farm to School Coordinator
Laura M. Miller
Phone: 231.256.3809 Steering Committee
Laura M. Miller, Coordinator
Dave Ruszel, Co-Coordinator
Charlie Gann
Marg Kenney
Judy Yoder
Kelsey LaCross
Michelle Irwin
Dorothy Sirrine

 


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