As a public health dietitian, one of my career and business goals is to engage with consumers on where their food comes from. I have witnessed the look on a child’s face when they realize food grows outside (mostly), or when they take their first bite of a new fruit and vegetable. I laughed, and cringed a little, when my mom told me the story of an elementary school child calling her avocado a black egg. To enlighten consumers of all ages, I am thrilled to share a few of my experiences on farms and where my food comes from. First, is a farm that I have visited many times, but have never taken the opportunity to explore its history or operations. It was a fantastic experience and I’m so excited to share it with you.
October brings so much fall joy- cooler temperatures, pumpkin flavored everything, beautiful foliage, and my absolute favorite- National Farm to School Month! Farm to School Month was designated in 2010 by Congress and occurs in October which is the perfect month to highlight local and seasonal foods. In addition to Farm to School Month, many states have passed resolutions creating a Farm to School week for the state as well! Of all the school nutrition focused months or weeks, Farm to School is my favorite because it brings together local producers and connects them with schools to provide local, nutritious foods to students. To truly celebrate Farm to School month I am rounding up five of my favorite Farm to School activities here on the blog!