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Fall Taste Washington Day Wenatchee

Oct. 5, 2016

WSDA Farm to School and the Washington School Nutrition Association (WSNA) partner to sponsor Taste Washington Day, an annual celebration of Washington grown foods served in school meals during the fall harvest season.  Schools connect with local farms to make the most of our bountiful fall harvest, and use Taste Washington Day to kick-off  “Farm to School Month” (October). Also see WSNA's Summer 2016 Apple Press (page 20) for an update with featured recipes and more!

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

Join the list of participating farm or school partners for 2016 Taste Washington Day to get involved:

School District Sign-up

Farmer/Producer Sign-up


For Schools
 - Free Taste Washington Day resources and educational materials!

View the 2015 Taste Washington Day list of participating schools and farms

Visit our News and Events page for the WSDA press release, Governor Inslee's Proclamation, and news link and pictures from school who shared their stories last year.

WSDA Director Bud Hover and Washington First Lady Trudi Inslee speak to students in the cafeteria.

WSDA Former Director Don "Bud" Hover and Washington's First Lady Trudi Inslee 
visited with students in Wenatchee on Taste Washington Day 2014. 

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 2016 Sample Menus

From Washington School Nutrition Association

Sample Menu #1:
Winner Chicken Dinner

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

Sample Menu #2:
Greek Feast

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

Sample Menu #3:
It's Chili Time

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

Sample Menu #4:
Scrumptious Squash & Chicken Curry

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

*See recipes from WSNA on our Resources Page
**See recipes from OSPI in the Washington State Schools "Scratch Cooking" Recipe Book

 

Washington Apple Crunch
Taste Washington Day - Oct. 5, 2016
High Noon

Washington Harvest Apple Poster

Let’s make a noise that can be heard across the state to celebrate Washington agriculture!

Apples are a big deal in Washington – we grow more apples than any other state! More than half of all apples in the US for fresh eating come from orchards in Washington State. 

How to Participate in Washington Apple Crunch:
Simply order enough apples to go around, serve them to students as part of lunch or snack, and make a celebration out of the moment everyone bites into their Washington-grown apple.  Join the APPLE CRUNCH across Washington at noon, or at any time that works for your school schedule!

*Don’t forget to publicize the event with families and school administrators to encourage participation!
*Use #WAapplecrunch and #TasteWADay on social media

Check out the Washington Apple Crunch at the Hocksinson School District in 2015!

 

 

"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]

Food service staff at Ridgefield School District stands at Asian pear tasting table with displayed produce

Ridgefield School District offered Asian pear samples on Taste Washington Day 2014.

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

Last Updated: 8/23/2016