Taste Washington Day 2014So many districts participated in Taste Washington Day this year! Here are a few we have heard from. The newspaper articles linked include lots of great photos and stories! Please continue to share your successes with us, and visit our Taste Washington Day page to learn more about this great event celebrating Washington agriculture and school meals.
Wenatchee School District - Wenatchee elementary school students were joined by Washington's First Lady Trudi Inslee and Washington State Department of Agriculture Director Bud Hover, along with Farmer Ken Toevs of T&T Farms and Rancher Cass Gebbers of Gebbers Farms. State's First Lady praises Wenatchee school's local food program - Wenatchee World
Wenatchee's middle and high schools also had all local menus on Taste Washington Day, and each school had a display table hosted by local farmers and ranchers. Washington Sustainable Food & Farming Network's Fresh Food in Schools project staff assisted the district in celebrating the day.
Bethel School District - District webpage article (incl. menu!)
Bethel Child Nutrition Staff pride on Taste Washington Day
Bellingham and other Whatcom County school districts celebrated Taste Washington Day with their local salad greens being featured as October's Harvest of the Month. Bellingham's menu featured roasted chicken drumsticks from Draper Valley Farms in Mount Vernon, rosemary roasted red potatoes from Pioneer Farms in Skagit Valley, mixed green salad and cherry tomatoes from Sterino Farms in Puyallup and carrots from Hopewell Farms and Cloud Mountain Farms in Everson. Whatcom's farm to school efforts are supported by the Whatcom Farm-to-School team.
Concrete School District - Concrete students enjoyed Kale-idoscope salad and other local produce for Taste Washington Day, and were joined by County Commissioner Sharon Dillon and Julie Yee of USDA, along with other local supporters! The Concrete team also held Taste Test Tuesday the week before, to test recipes with students in preparation for the big day!
roasted potatoes, and Kale-idoscope salad!
Fourteen elementary schools in Central Valley School District celebrated by serving locally-grown foods. Farmer Dan Jackson visited Broadway Elementary. Local Inland Northwest Cooperative Foods – LINC Foods – a new Spokane-based organization that helps farmers connect with schools and universities, supported the project.
Conway Elementary School - Conway students enjoyed carrots from Ralph's Greenhouse, along with potatoes with homemade chili and cheese sauce. Local delicacies devoured during Taste Washington Day - Skagit Valley Herald
Mead School District served a local lunch in elementary schools with roasted chicken, Shepard's Grain wheat rolls, Washington milk, and an assortment of local produce, and highlighted the farms in their specially-decorated cafeterias. High school students were treated to Mock-Guacamole made with split peas to top their taco salads.
highlighted local growers and their produce.
A peek at Riverview School District's colorful salad bar.
A student looks on during the Farmers Market event in Wahkiakum.
Auburn Child Nutrition Director and Four Elements
Farmer Amy Moreno-Sills at the Taste Washington Day table.
Ridgefield School District's Taste Washington Day lunch display
includes the Governor's Taste Washington Day Proclamation.
A sign promoting the local offerings in Seattle.