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Taste Washington Day 2015 - Wednesday, October 7th!

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Carrots on Wenatchee's Orchard Middle School Display for Taste Washington Day

Mark your calendar! - Taste Washington Day 2015 is Wednesday, October 7th

Taste Washington Day 2014 was a tremendous success!!

Visit our News and Events page for tidbits, news links, and pictures from schools that shared their stories!

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. 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  “Farm to School Month” (October).

Check out the sample menus and recipes below, and in WSNA's Newsletter "Apple Press" Summer 2015 issue. There is plenty of Washington bounty still strongly going in 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.

You might also check out our Washington Harvest Posters to liven up your cafeteria at the start of the school year with a focus on fresh fruits and vegetables grown in Washington State!

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

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 2015 Taste Washington Day (also on WSNA Apple Press Summer 2015 p.24-25) and additional promotional materials at the bottom of this page. We encourage schools to adjust the menu to reflect seasonal availability of products grown on farms in their 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 2015 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]

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.

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


Last Updated: 8/28/2015