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Autumn Taste Washington Day

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Autumn Taste Washington Day in Wenatchee

October 2, 2019

WSDA Farm to School and the Washington School Nutrition Association (WSNA) with support from Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction Child Nutrition (OSPI), 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 in October.

Read Governor Inslee's Proclamation of October 3rd, 2018 as Taste Washington Day. Also see WSNA's Spring 2018 Apple Press (page 28) and Summer 2018 Apple Press (Page 22) for updates 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

Schools Taste Washington Day 2018 sign-up form

Farmers Taste Washington Day 2018 sign-up form

See the list of schools and farms participating in 2018

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


WSDA Director Derek Sandison and Washington First Lady Trudi Inslee visit Eatonville School District

WSDA Director Derek Sandison and Washington's First Lady Trudi Inslee 
visited with students at Eatonville School District, OSPI and WSNA staff for Taste Washington Day 2016. 

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 2018 Sample Menus

Logo of the Washington School Nutrition AssociationThe Washington School Nutrition Association and Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction Child Nutrition Services develop these sample menus each year according to USDA National School Lunch Program requirements for you to use in your Taste Washington Day celebrations!

Sample Menu #1:
Mouthwatering BBQ Chicken

  • BBQ Chicken Panini*
  • Blueberry Coleslaw*
  • Sweet Yellow Corn
  • Local Pears
  • Low Fat Milk

Sample Menu #2:
Slow-cooked Pulled Pork

  • Apple Pulled Pork Sliders*
  • Apple Slaw**
  • Roasted Red Potatoes* or Root Veggie Sticks
  • Juicy Pluots
  • Fresh Washington-grown Fruit & Veggie Bar
  • Low Fat Milk

Sample Menu #3:
It's Chili Time

  • White Bean Chicken Chili* 
  • Homemade Cornbread
  • Apple Slaw**
  • Juicy Pluots 
  • Low Fat Milk 

Sample Menu #4:
Autumn Minestrone Soup Party

Seasonal Washington Fruit may include apples, pluots, pears, frozen berries, peaches, melons, plums, apricots, or grapes.

Seasonal Washington Veggies may include carrots, celery, radishes, peppers, cucumbers, potatoes, or cherry tomatoes.

*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. 3, 2018
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 do a "Washington Apple Crunch":
1. Order enough apples to go around, serve them to students as part of lunch or snack.
2. Have everyone bite into their apple and CRUNCH across Washington at noon on Oct. 3, or at any time that works for your school schedule.
3. Celebrate the moment everyone bites into their Washington-grown apple.
Take a photo and post in on social media using the #WAapplecrunch and #TasteWADay hashtags.
Publicize the event with families and school administrators to encourage participation!

WA Apple Crunch 2018

"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]

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)


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: 3/12/2019