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Tiger Talk: PR-B celebrates Farm to School Month

October is nationally recognized each year as Farm to School Month.

However, Pine River-Backus Schools work year-round to bring local foods to the tables of our students.

In the 2017-18 school year, we served 150 pounds of Heirloom variety tomatoes, 740 pounds of winter squash and 610 pounds of a variety of potatoes: Mondak, German Butter and Satina. Sweet peppers, basil, kale, cabbage, summer squash, onions and cucumbers were used.

The amounts I am able to use continue to grow as we learn. It is more work to serve Farm to School produce, but when you see students recognize and comment on how nice the tomatoes were, or see the amount of pepper rings and cucumber salad they eat increase, it makes it all worth it.

We are working hard again this 2018-19 school year to bring as much Farm to Table as we can.

On Oct. 11, we will participate in the Great Lakes, Great Apple Crunch. We have sourced locally grown Regent and Honey Crisp apples and look forward to joining a million students and food supporters in taking a crunch at this annual event.

We are committed to continuing our efforts to bring locally grown to our students and encourage our families to do the same at their table.

Jill Blanchard is Pine River-Backus Schools food service director.