Local Root Veggies for November

This week and next, Dexter school cafeterias are featuring roasted root vegetables from two Michigan growers, as well as the Dexter-grown apples we’ve been getting in since September. Be sure to encourage students to try these veggies on the lunch line! Dexter Food and Nutrition ordered beets, carrots, turnips, and parsnips grown on Victory Farms in Hudsonville,Continue reading “Local Root Veggies for November”

Farm to Freezer

Cherry Capital Foods has been an important partner in Dexter Food and Nutrition’s path to increase their local purchasing. One of Cherry Capital’s source vendors is the Farm to Freezer program featured in this gorgeous and touching video. This community based job training program flash freezes produce from farms in Northern Michigan, providing locally grown food directContinue reading “Farm to Freezer”

Smarter Lunchroom Video

During our May 2014 Farm Fresh Food Day, some folks from the Michigan Department of Education School Nutrition Programs joined us at Mill Creek Middle School to film the radish sampling, in their series on “Smarter Lunchroom” techniques that Dexter Food and Nutrition has been exemplifying. Here’s the video that resulted!

Local Radish and Asparagus Tasting Responses

May Farm Fresh Food Days were a real feature of spring produce in Michigan, with both radishes and asparagus being sampled throughout Dexter schools.  Students at DHS, Mill Creek, Creekside, and Cornerstone got to fresh spring radishes from two different local farms; Zilke Vegetable Farm and Tantre Farm.  After students at those schools ate throughContinue reading “Local Radish and Asparagus Tasting Responses”

April 2014 Farm Fresh Food Days

Spring may be here, but winter is not far in our past and it was a bad one for farmers trying to grow year-round.  The frigid temperatures made it difficult for local farmers to keep their spinach and other winter greens going in the hoop houses, which normally work well for such crops.  So weContinue reading “April 2014 Farm Fresh Food Days”