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Taste Washington Day 2014 - Wednesday, October 1st!

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La Conner School District's Taste Washington Day menu featured broccoli from Hedlin Farm in Mt. Vernon

This year, Taste Washington Day is on Wednesday, October 1st. Gov. Jay Inslee acknowledges with the proclamation the hard work that Washington farmers and ranchers and school nutrition services are doing. Check out the sample menus and recipes below, and on pages 20-21 of the WSNA Newsletter "Apple Press" Summer 2014 issue. There will be plenty of Washington bounty still strongly going early October, and local beef, pork, poultry, beans and/or fish will make a special lunch even more festive to celebrate the Washington's rich agriculture.

The WSDA Farm to School Program and the Washington School Nutrition Association (WSNA) partner to sponsor Taste Washington Day, an annual celebration of Washington grown foods served in school meals. Starting this year, WSNA and WSDA moved Taste Washington Day to early October. 

Schools connect with local farms to make the most of our bountiful fall harvest, and use Taste Washington Day to kick-off the “Farm to School Month” (October). 

Participating schools around the state engage in all sorts of ways including:

  • Serving a locally-sourced meal
  • Providing education and activities to recognize the region's agricultural bounty
  • Inviting farmers to lunch
  • Arranging school visits to area farms
  • Connecting Future Farmers of America high school students with elementary students

Check out these sample menus for 2014 Taste Washington Day and additional promotional materials at the bottom of this page. We encourage you to adjust the menu to reflect seasonal availability of products grown on farms in your area. Last year schools reported serving carrots with the tops, fresh melons, cheese from a local creamery, beef from a local farmer (processed in a USDA approved facility) and fresh corn on the cob.

Sample Menu #1:

  • Glazed Chicken Drumstick
  • Rosemary Red Potatoes
  • Whole Wheat Dinner Roll
  • Fresh Kale Salad with carrots, tomatoes, and cucumbers
  • Seasonal WA Fruit (Consider apples, pluots, pears, berries, peaches, melons, plums, apricots, or grapes)
  • Low Fat Milk  

Sample Menu #2:

  • *Greek Turkey Pita
  • *Tabouleh Salad
  • Fresh WA Veggies (carrots, celery, radishes, peppers, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, etc)
  • *Hummus
  • Seasonal WA Fruit
  • Low Fat Milk

Sample Menu #3:

  • *Beef & Lentil Chili
  • Whole Wheat Roll
  • *Roasted Winter Squash
  • *Apple Slaw
  • Low Fat Milk

Sample Menu #4:

  • *Butternut Squash & Chicken Curry
  • Brown Rice
  • *Broccoli Salad
  • Seasonal WA Fruit
  • Low Fat Milk

*Recipes can be found in the Washington State Schools “scratch cooking” Recipe Book by OSPI Child Nutrition Services. Follow the link to download a free copy. Also find "Taste Washington Day 2014 Recipes" further down on this page that lists the recipes for the menu items with *.

Find out which fruits and vegetables are in season from Washington farms right now!  WA-Grown Seasonality Chart - Vegetables and WA-Grown Seasonality Chart - Fruit and Herbs

"Taste Washington Day offers our kids a chance to establish a deeper connection and develop a better understanding of our state's food system, from farm to fork and each step in between. The more opportunities our children have to learn about the people, time effort and resources necessary to turn a seed into a crop, the more they will appreciate the food on their plates. As the next generation, it will be up to them to continue our state's agricultural heritage and history."

Excerpted from the Congressional Record of the 111th Congress
introduced by Hon. Jay Inslee. September 29, 2010
[link to full text]

Wenatchee Taste Washington Day

Wenatchee School District Taste Washington Day, Farmer Ken Toevs offers students roasted squash

Find out about ways to celebrate Taste Washington Day and get inspried by Taste Washington Day Success in Past Years


Last Updated: 9/9/2014