Emmy -- May 29th, 2008
Today was “Local Foods Day” at Harrisonburg City Schools! A “large portion” of the foods on the lunch menu were purchased from local sources. My sons go to Waterman Elementary and my oldest wanted to try the local meal out. I let them decide if they would like to buy their lunch or pack it depending on the menu. When I read it to him the first time he wasn’t interested, but when I mentioned that some of the foods were coming from farmers that we see at the farmer’s market every Saturday he changed his mind.
I’m not sure what the menu was like for the other schools, but the elementary school had Herb Roasted Chicken with a Homemade Roll, Garden Salad, and Fresh Strawberries. When I saw them this afternoon, his shirt was covered in a red substance. I asked him how he liked the local lunch and he said it was good, especially the strawberries. I’d would like to know what the cost of this meal was compared to a normal school lunch. I’d love it if more of the lunches could include local items when possible. I know menu planning is a big task for schools, but I think this would be great, at least towards the end of the year when local produce begins to be more readily available.