At the Waterbury-Duxbury School District we strive to have a strong Farm to School program. By purchasing food from local farms* and for our meal programs and teaching about food, farms, and nutrition in our classrooms, we are improving the quality of schools meals and the student understanding of why good food is important to their bodies.
In June 2013, our schools were awarded a spot at the Vermont Farm to School Institute, where teachers, administrators, food service, and community members spent 3 days together learning, and developing a Farm to School action plan for our schools. We are excited to implement our plan this year.
Tomatoes are a member of the family Solanceae, along with eggplants, peppers and potatoes. They are native to Central America and Mexico; their dissemination throughout the globe was sparked by the Spanish's colonization of the Americas. In tropical regions, they grow as short-lived perennials; in the temperate region of Vermont, they are annuals.
Apple trees originated in central Asia; they were brought to North America by European settlers in the 1600s. These fruits thrive in temperate climates because they need a period of cold and dormancy in order to prosper; therefore, they are not cultivated in tropical climates. Apples are in the Rosaceae (rose) family, along with almonds, cherries, peaches, pears, plums, raspberries, and strawberries.
October - Cauliflower and Broccoli
Broccoli and cauliflower can be eaten raw, steamed, boiled or roasted and absorb flavors well. Their “heads” are comprised of flower buds. If eating the veggies raw, experiment with dipping sauces, such as hummus; if eating them cooked, try a stir fry!