Autumn Taste Washington Day
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:
For Schools - Free Taste Washington Day resources and educational materials!
WSDA Former Director Don "Bud" Hover and Washington's First Lady Trudi Inslee
visited with students in Wenatchee on Taste Washington Day 2014.
From Washington School Nutrition Association
Sample Menu #1:
Sample Menu #2:
Sample Menu #3:
Sample Menu #4:
*See recipes from WSNA on our Resources Page
**See recipes from OSPI in the Washington State Schools "Scratch Cooking" Recipe Book
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 celebrate 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]