August 24, 2016  |  K-12

LT Food Services Goes Local

Last week, we shared great information about the fantastic garden at Skiles Test Elementary. Now we are going to look at how that food is harvested and used right here in LT! The Food & Nutrition Services Department has started working on a "local foods" initiative. Local food is best described as food that is grown within our geographic region.
These past three weeks of school, cafeterias across the district have been serving up local produce. Students have seen a switch from the traditional frozen school corn to local, Indiana sweet corn. This change has been very well received. Other local produce served to date this school year includes blueberries, watermelon, cantaloupe, and cucumbers.

In additional to working with local vendors to secure this produce, the department has partnered with the school/community gardens at several buildings. They have found that students are far more willing to try new items that they have not before seen or tasted when part of the growing and harvesting process.

Food & Nutrition Services is also excited to partner with Tuttle's Orchard in Greenfield, Indiana this fall to bring a variety of fresh apples to lunch lines across the district.
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