Dan Stromberg has joined the Camp Dudley staff as the food service director.
Camp Dudley has hired a new food service director to help with their mission of bringing more local food to their campers.
Dan Stromberg recently joined the staff in the new position. Previously, the camp had been hiring an outside contractor for their food services but wanted to increase their ability to purchase local produce.
“They started to do a little of that last year,” Stormberg said. “We are now going to do a good bit more of that and get vegetables and meats as local as we can as much as we can. We are also working with the bigger vendors who can get us local foods.”
Stromberg previously worked in the same capacity at Gwynn Valley Camp in North Carolina, where 70 percent of the food was produced from their own farm.
“That is the main difference where I came from was we grew most of our vegetables there at the camp,” he said. “Here, we are going to get it from a farmer, and we will be able to serve that food in most cases the same day that it was harvested or within a couple of days of harvest.”
Stromberg said that he was excited to work with local farmers and has already made contact with several.
“I like that fact that this is a valued role in the camp community,” he said. “I get to go out and talk to farmers and meet them. It is exciting to be that middle person. I do not want to just call them; I want to meet them, see the farms and learn anything that they want to teach me.”
Stromberg said that with an in-house operations, there will be some changes to the camp menu, but that they would be made gradually.
“We will change a little bit each year,” he said. “We will sneak in the vegetables at times where they are not as noticeable. We can also make a lot of items from scratch, so we can make cookies with ingredients we know rather than pre-packaged with ingredients you may not need.”
Stromberg added that he is hoping to bring a nutritional education component into the camp to go along with proper eating and healthy habits.
“Providing wholesome food is one of the most important things we do at Camp Dudley to keep our campers healthy and energized,” Dudley Director Matt Storey said. “The entire camp community comes together three times a day, every day of the season and we have both the responsibility and the opportunity to take advantage of that time to establish good eating habits through a well balanced diet, and Dan is the perfect person to get us where we need to be.”
Stromberg said that he is pleased to be working at the camp.
“Having never been a camper, my experience comes from working at one and it has always felt like it was not just a job but like you were taken into this camp family, and I very much like that.”