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Friday, June 14, 2013

Farm to School Recipes

If you’re looking for recipes kids are sure to enjoy, you’ve come to the right place.

Farm to School: Buying Tips and Tools

Looking for more resources to support your local food purchases? Explore the resources below: 

Buying Local Food for Food Service in MinnesotaThe Minnesota Project — Cooking with seasonal, locally grown foods can be a new experience for many chefs. This guide is intended to be an introduction to the “whys” and “hows” of using local food in a restaurant or other food service establishment.


Michigan Products: A Step by Step GuideC.S. Mott Group for Sustainable Food Systems, Michigan State University — Includes useful information and practical tools on incorporating locals foods into your school meals program include sample bid forms and farmer contracts.


Guide for Using Local Foods in SchoolsVermont FEED — A manual designed for school foodservice directors or staff with a step-by-step process for starting local purchasing in your school, success stories about farm-to-cafeteria relationships and seasonal recipes and menu ideas.


Produce CalculatorOklahoma — Helps school foodservice and farmers to calculate quantities and costs of various fruits and vegetables for school meals or snacks. The spreadsheet calculates poundage needed from a farmer based on the desired number of servings and serving size. It also calculates the per serving cost based on the price of the produce. Conversion calculations have been take from the USDA Food Buying Guide for Child Nutrition Programs.


USDA Food Buying Guide Online Calculator — The National Food Service Management Institute and Team Nutrition have developed an online calculator to be used with the USDA Food Buying Guide for Child Nutrition Programs (FBG). The interactive and simple to use calculator allows child nutrition professionals to build shopping lists of foods from the FBG and determine how much of each item to purchase to provide enough servings for the children in their program.

Farm to School: Purchasing Local Food

Start here to get a thorough understanding of the requirements and policies that are involved with purchasing local food items.

USDA Procurement Regulations and Policy

DoD Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program

Using DOD Fresh to Purchase Local Produce — USDA — Schools can use their USDA Foods entitlement dollars to buy fresh produce; learn more about adding local fruits and vegetables.

Geographic Preference

Geographic Preference: What it is and how to use it — USDA — Read more about how school food service can use a geographic preference to buy local foods. For example, schools can put out a bid for apples within 100 miles of the school.
How to Apply a Geographic Preference — National Farm to School Network — Overview of the memo released by the USDA in 2011 on applying geographic preference.
Geographic Preference Option for the Procurement of Unprocessed Agricultural Products in Child Nutrition Programs — National Farm to School Network — Summary of the final rule on geographic preference
Geographic Preference Q & A — USDA — Memorandum released February 1, 2011. The purpose is to provide questions and answers on the application of the geographic preference option in procurement of unprocessed, locally grown or locally raised agricultural products.”
A School’s Guide to Purchasing Washington-Grown Food — Washington State Department of Agriculture — Ideas for using geographic preference to source local food for school meals.
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