September 23, 2010 by staff
KTTC, Tomato, cucumber, cheese sandwich on whole-wheat toast and fresh fruit … not necessarily the lunch may have had when they were eight years. But that is exactly what children in the school of Dover-Eyota Elementary are devouring.
This week is the week of Farm School, a time when student’s focus on the food they eat comes from and how to eat healthier. Luckily for students at Dover-Eyota, they’re getting more and more local producers to help with their efforts.
“I’m eating chicken with apple and peach, and some foods farmer that was grown close to here,” says Truax Tayton second grade.
The school district also is trying to feed your child more food locally, instead of sending frozen products from around the country.
“Of course the product is already and lose their nutrients. It may be cheaper in the store, but we all know that when we buy local when we go into our garden and pick fresh, we can see the difference,” says the school lunch director Carrie Frank.
Frank says he likes that are supporting their local farmers, but more importantly, are teaching children at an early age how to choose healthy foods.
“Today we have cucumber and tomato salad came from a local farmer too,” exclaimed Cindy Gray, who works as a food service employee.
“Some students when they arrive at school in kindergarten, they do not know how to eat a whole apple,” says Frank. “And then, how can we expect them to go to the bar and choose an apple as a healthy option if you do not know how to eat everything.”
After serving only local apples and whole wheat bread a few years ago, the district has diversified into other foods such as watermelon, zucchini, corn, and new this year is the turkey and bison.
“It will be fun to see what the guys think about that,” says Gray.
Best of all, children tend to eat all up.
The school district will only be able to supply locally produced food to the end of the harvest season. However, the lunch program
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