Sept 25th was Taste WA Day! Check out the schools serving Washington grown food!
Taste WA Day teams up Washington Schools with Washington farmers and celebrates school meals made with locally grown food! It has become an annual event and was held September 25th.
WA State Department of Agriculture's Farm-to-School Program and the Washington School Nutrition Association partnered together in 2010 to sponsor the first Taste Washington Day, which has now become an annual celebration of Washington grown foods served in school meals. It is a day where schools and farms team up to celebrate Washington Grown produce, and teach kids about healthy eating habits by featuring locally-sourced meals in school cafeterias.
September 25th was Taste WA Day and WSFFN's Fresh Food in School Coordinators helped schools connect to their local farms and serve locally-sourced meals, provide education and activities that recognize the importance of local agriculture, and invite their farmers to the school for lunch.
First Lady Trudi Inslee joined Pe Ell's school kids for their Taste WA Day lunch! Pe Ell has been participating in the Network's Fresh Food in Schools project, which helps schools purchase more Washington Grown fruits and vegetables!
Farmer Mike Peroni explains to Pe El students that they are eating the food that he grew
on his farm, while First Lady Inslee and WSFFN Director Ellen Gray look on.
Boisfort Valley Farmers Mike, Heidi and Natalina Peroni!
Pe Ell School District's Taste Washington Day Menu
BBQ Baked Chicken
Roasted Potatoes from Boisfort Valley Farm,
Veggie Sticks from Boistfort Valley Farm, Curtis
Fresh Fruit brokered thru Jeremy's Mainstreet Market, Chehalis
Fresh baked Zucchini bread
Darigold Milk from Blaser Brothers Midway Dairy, Chehalis
Governor Jay Inslee, when he was a US Representative, officially recognized Taste Washington Day in the Congressional Record on Wednesday September 29, 2010. Click here for a copy of the Taste WA Day Congressional record.
Taste WA Day Resources:
Taste Washington Day Booklet: Joan Qazi, our Central Washington coordinator assembled a Taste Washington Day Booklet to help school kids understand what Taste Washington Day is. Click here for a pdf of the booklet that you are welcome to download and print.
Taste Washington 4' by 6' Wall Map: WSFFN created a 6' by 4' TASTE WASHINGTON wall map that can be hung in cafeterias to help kids understand the connection between the meal they are eating at school and where it was grown, and the farmers that grew it. Maps can be purchased from WSFFN. Contact email@example.com for more information.
WSDA's Farm to School Taste Washington Day website. There is a wonderful array of resources available from templates for signage to recipes to table tents! Check it out!
The guide clarifies today’s rules about how to apply a geographic preference in school food purchases and help school districts increase their use of Washington-grown food in accordance with rules and regulations at all levels of government.
A School's Guide to Purchasing Washington Grown Food is available from WSFFN and WSDA. In the guide you will find information about:
- Regulations governing school food purchases
- USDA's Geographic Preference Option
- Washington State school food purchasing laws and using the Geographic Preference Option
- A step-by-step chart to purchase Washington grown foods
- Developing vendor qualifications, specifications and preferences to source Washington-grown
- Guidance and sample language for Washington-grown purchasing and wellness policies