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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

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).

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

Look at this year's list of participating schools and farms to find partners!

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

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. 

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: 10/1/2015