Extra Labor and Prep Time
- Rich farmland surrounds the two Dover-Eyota Public Schools in rural southeastern Minnesota, yet Food and Nutrition Director Carrie Frank struggled to find a produce supplier to deliver locally grown fruits and vegetables in the relatively small volume required to feed 1,142 students each day. Carrie’s luck changed on the day she stopped by a produce stand in nearby Rochester to purchase a dozen ears of fresh sweet corn for herself. A simple question posed by Carrie to the vendor, “Have you ever thought of selling to schools?” opened up a new and wonderful relationship with her current supplier, Produce Plus, located in Eyota, Minnesota.
- On the opposite end of the spectrum, Jean Ronnei, Nutrition Services Director of St. Paul Public Schools purchased 110,000 pounds of locally grown produce through its distribution/processing partner in the first six weeks of the 2009-2010 school year. This is an approach that works well for meeting St. Paul’s need for large volumes of pre-cut product.