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”

DHS Garden Week in the Cafeteria

  Today, Ms. Melinsky’s 2nd hour class came out to the Sullivan Memorial Learning Garden to harvest produce to be used in the DHS cafeteria throughout this week! This project represents a pilot Garden to Cafeteria Program that will hopefully continue and grow as the garden itself grows. The kitchen staff were very impressed byContinue reading “DHS Garden Week in the Cafeteria”

Ruhlig’s Cherry Tomatoes on the Salad Bars

Throughout September 2014, we partnered with Dexter Food and Nutrition to source 60 pints of cherry tomatoes from Ruhlig’s Produce in Dexter, MI for use on the salad bars in all 6 Dexter schools! The tomatoes represent a partnership that came full circle from school to farm and back to school! Last spring, students atContinue reading “Ruhlig’s Cherry Tomatoes on the Salad Bars”

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!

“We really need more fruits & vegetables!” and other responses from March Farm Fresh Food Days

March in Michigan, especially this year, looked nothing like spring.  So when seeking out locally grown food to serve the students, we had to think about the foods that were harvested in the fall and stored over the winter.  This time, we went with Bosc Pears grown at Friske Orchards in Ellsworth, MI.  We had studentsContinue reading ““We really need more fruits & vegetables!” and other responses from March Farm Fresh Food Days”