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Winter Taste Washington Day 2016 - February 3rd (ish!)

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Fall Taste Washington Day Wenatchee

Last year, Washington Sustainable Food & Farming Network partnered with Wenatchee and Wahluke School Districts to celebrate a Winter Taste Washington Day.  They are doing it again, and we'd love to encourage schools around the state to join them!

Winter Taste Washington Day builds on the annual Taste Washington Day, held in October, to hold a similar celebration of foods available in mid-winter!  Visit these pages to download Taste Washington Day materials and adapt them for your Winter Taste Washington Day plans!

For Schools - Free education materials! 

Winter Taste Washington Day Menu Suggestions from Washington Sustainable Food & Farming Network

(Make sure you analyze them for meal pattern compliance - these are some ideas highlighting winter foods to get you thinking!)

  Sample Menu #1

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

 Sample Menu #2

  • Butternut Squash & Chicken Curry*
  • Whole Grain Flatbread*
  • Cabbage Slaw
  • Apples and Pears or Frozen Berries
  • Low Fat Milk

 Sample Menu #3

  • Chicken and Bean Chili*
  • Honey Dilled Carrots*
  • Wheat Berry Salad with Winter Squash*
  • Apples and Pears
  • Low Fat Milk

 Sample Menu #4

  • Pulled Turkey*
  • Pot Roast Vegetables*
  • Delicata Squash with Onions and Feta Cheese
  • Cranberry Chutney
  • Low Fat Milk

 Sample Menu #5  (Wenatchee High School 2015 Winter Taste WA)

  • Pork Street Tacos
  • Cabbage Salsa
  • Green Garbanzo Bean Guacamole
  • Roasted Carrots, Beets, and Apples
  • Low Fat Milk

*Recipes in Washington State Schools “scratch cooking” Recipe Book by OSPI Child Nutrition Service

 

Autumn Taste Washington Day

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).

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

View the 2015 Taste Washington Day list of participating schools and farms to find partners!

Visit our News and Event 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 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.

Last Updated: 1/11/2016