TASTE WASHINGTON DAY celebrated in Riverview schools

  • Written by Leanne Christensen, RSD

Cedarcrest FFA President AJ Schutte shares local produce from Oxbow Farm and Full Circle Farm with students at the Riverview Learning Center at the Taste Washington event. 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 26th 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 High School were on hand in the cafeterias to share samples of locally grown produce (picked fresh just days prior) with students.

Samples of the shared produce included: rainbow carrots, purple and red radishes, green peppers, spinach, and lemon cucumbers.

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

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

Kaye Wetli, supervisor of the Food Services Department, commented that the success of this day is a team effort between the FFA members, Oxbow Farm and Full Circle Farm, and the Food Services Department to provide the students with a wonderful opportunity to have unique, farm fresh local produce available to them.

Cedarcrest FFA President A.J. Schutte explained of the weeks of preparation necessary for the success of this program, and of the surprise of the elementary students when they taste how delicious these locally grown foods can be!

For PARADE students at the Riverview Learning Center, a favorite of the day was definitely the “dragon tongue beans” that A.J. shared with them.

Thank you to the FFA members whose participation in the school cafeterias made this day such an enlightening and healthy success!

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