Taste of Washington Day at our Local Schools

Today was Taste of Washington Day in cafeterias all over the state.  Over 300 schools and at least 30 local farms will participate in Taste Washington Day to celebrate the state’s agricultural diversity and encourage healthy eating habits.

The Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) and the Washington School Nutrition Association (WSNA) are partnering with local schools to feature Washington-grown foods in their school meals.

“We encourage students and school representatives to try a variety of locally grown foods, support growth and appreciation for Washington agriculture and enjoy Taste Washington Day,” said Tricia Kovacs, a WSDA outreach and education specialist. “Schools from Walla Walla to Bellingham are participating by partnering with farmers to serve the freshest foods during the current harvest.”

Schools across Washington are serving up local fare from entrées of roasted chicken, homemade local beans and beef chili, potato leek soup, to sides of garden salads, carrots, cucumbers, apples, pluots, peaches, and locally produced milk.

I joined my daughter for lunch today and enjoyed the delicious fresh local variety.  I don’t think I’ve eaten that well, at lunch, in a long time!  The children and adults seemed to really enjoy the special day and were pleased to see such a variety of yummy foods.

On the menu:

roasted chicken

corn on the cob from Walla Walla Produce Co., Taruscio’s Farm and Zerba Farm

pluots from Key farm

carrots from Welcome Table Farm

assorted varieties  of sweet peppers from Walla Walla Produce Co.

fresh tomato  from Edwards Farm

apples from LeFore’s Farm

rotini pasta with tomatoes, olives, parmesan with light vinaigrette

Her lunch. with pluot, cucumbers, peppers, carrots and chicken.

If only lunch could be this way everyday! We would be one healthy community!

I was glad to see most of the children with at least two fruits or vegetables on their plates.  and by choice.  I heard no adults saying anything about what to eat, except for me encouraging her to take a few more veg and a few bites of my pasta.

Here’s my plate, with a bit of everything, minus drink.  I loved the sweet creamy corn on the cob and fresh rich flavor of the rosy tomato slices.  The peppers each had their own unique flavor and carrots, organic sweet.   The pasta, well made with simple oil-vinegar dressing, with the perfect amount of parmesan-y goodness.

Well done Walla Walla School District and local farms!  It was a great delicious success.  Hope this inspires more connections between farms and schools in our community.  Walla Walla is an amazing food forest, with all the small local farming families.  It only makes sense to take advantage of that, supporting the community at the same time.


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2 Comments on “Taste of Washington Day at our Local Schools”

  1. Carol
    September 26, 2012 at 2:02 pm #

    The food looks fabulous–bright, colorful, fresh and a whole lot of variety for picky eaters. What a great idea. Seems to me this type eating could make a whole lot of converts to healthy eating. It has to be as easy to prepare as manufactured meals from a package or box.Furthermore, have the kids start a worm bin to fertilize their own vegetable garden and whatever is left can be fed to the worms or added to a compost pile.

  2. October 6, 2012 at 4:34 am #

    What a great idea! But I think you’re the only one who tomatoes. What’s up with that?

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