The 6th annual Massachusetts Harvest for Students Week is underway! The week got off to a fantastic start with Governor Deval Patrick attending a Harvest Week celebration at Milton High School. Governor Patrick helped unload a large delivery of locally grown apples and carrots from Lanni Orchards. He met the dedicated cafeteria staff who work each day with Food Service Director Jackie Morgan to offer students healthy, delicious meals featuring locally grown produce. The Governor also spoke with farmer Tim Cook from Milton’s own Brookwood Community Farm who has been growing crops specifically for the public schools. Tim’s beets will be on the menu on Friday!
Finally, Governor Patrick formally proclaimed this week Massachusetts Harvest for Students Week and presented Mass. Farm to School Project Director, Kelly Erwin with the proclamation. We were lucky to have additional supporters from the state join in the celebration, including Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs, Rick Sullivan and the USDA Northeast Regional Administrator for Food and Nutrition Services, James Arena-Derosa.
There are wonderful Harvest Week events taking place throughout the state all week – unveilings of new salad bars, lunches with local farmers and legislators, local foods taste tests, corn shucking and more. Each year we continue to be impressed by the wonderful creativity of Massachusetts school food service staff. We are eager to hear how you are celebrating, so please send us a note with your Harvest Week plans or photos from your event.
Enjoy the delicious bounty of September in Massachusetts and have a wonderful Harvest for Students Week!