Submitted by Suzanne Groenewold
Eat fresh, eat local, that's the theme for students in Bellows Falls Union High School, Bellows Falls Middle School, and the Saxtons River and Central Elementary schools in September and October.
Caf Services, the schools food service provider, is focusing on connections to local farms and locally grown foods. They will be featuring information on local farms they do business with, the national Farm to School initiative, and the locally grown produce they serve in the cafeteria throughout the school year.
Caf Services' program, Farm Fresh Focus, will feature fresh local apples in October. As part of their focus on this locally grown favorite, the cafeterias will each hold an apple festival where students will be encouraged to sample different varieties of apples grown at a nearby orchards.
Information on different apple varieties, the nutritional value of apples, and information on local orchards will also be available. Caf Services is one of the first Food Service Management Companies in the country to actively work with and support the Farm to School initiative, and have received recognition at the past two National Farm to School Conferences for their efforts.
Caf Services is also a participant in the National Restaurant Association's Food Safety Education Month, which is held in September each year.
Safety Spotlight is a program featured each month in the cafeteria newsletter focusing on food safety and sanitation topics.