When you think of "school lunches," do you visualize healthy meals with fresh fruits and vegetables?
Monday marked the beginning of Maryland Homegrown School Lunch Week. Gov. Martin O’Malley chose to celebrate the week of Sept. 23-27 to ensure more local fresh food is served in schools while helping students make the connection between healthy food and local farms.
"Buying locally is key to ensuring a smart, green and growing future for Maryland families. It preserves farmland, protects the environment, bolsters local economies, and provides wholesome, nutritious, great-tasting fresh food,” said O’Malley in a press release. “We are extremely encouraged that all 24 of our public school systems and some private schools are participating in this important, educational program.”
In Harford County, local products will be incorporated into school lunches throughout the growing season and fresh items are made available to all students as part of their meal choices from August through late December. Local products from Jones Family Farm, Susquehanna Orchards, Wilson Mill, Lohr Orchards and Shaw’s Orchards include watermelon, apples, nectarines, peaches, green peppers, grape tomatoes, large tomatoes, zucchini, yellow squash, cantaloupes and cucumbers.
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