TASTE WASHINGTON celebrated in all Riverview schools

  • Written by Leanne Christensen, RSD
vvRSD September Taste WA Photo at Tolt
From left, CHS FFA members Aly Fuquay, Brittany Harm and Alyssa Birum serve samples of the fresh Washington grown vegetables to inquisitive Tolt students. Courtesy photo.
The Riverview School District Food Services Department, in partnership with the Washington School Nutrition Association and the Washington State Department of Agriculture Farm-to-School Program, celebrated Washington agriculture in our schools on September 28 with “TASTE WASHINGTON DAY.”

The Food Services Department worked with local farmers to bring students a great meal made with locally grown produce from Full Circle Farm and Oxbow Farm to feature what is grown right here in the Snoqualmie Valley. The produce was served on the salad bars at all schools during lunch, and students from the FFA at Cedarcrest were on hand in the cafeterias at each school to share samples of locally grown produce (picked fresh just days prior) with students.

Samples of the shared produce included lemon cucumbers, carrots, purple radishes, green peppers, spinach, celery and a very colorful bean called a dragon tongue bean, which according to CHS FFA freshman student, Alyssa Birum, “tastes just like snap peas.”  Alyssa was joined by fellow FFA members, Brittany Harm and Allie Fuquay, for the produce presentation/sampling at Tolt Middle School.

The Food Services Department also offered students a delicious chocolate brownie made from Shepherd’s Grain flour. Shepherd’s Grain is grown by a group of 33 family wheat farmers in the Pacific Northwest. The wheat for Shepherd’s Grain is milled in Spokane.

In preparation for the TASTE WASHINGTON DAY Cedarcrest FFA students spent many, many hours washing, cutting and bagging the selected vegetables, and appreciated having the opportunity to observe the district students enjoying these seasonal foods grown by committed local farmers.

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