Well, today’s the big day: school is finally back in session!
We’ve missed our public school partners over the summer and wanted to do our best to start the school year off great, so we stocked them up this week with the best local, seasonal fruits and vegetables out there. Here are a few highlights:
Nelson County: Students in Nelson will be enjoying a big ol’ shipment of Ginger Gold and Gala apples from Henley’s Orchard.
Charlottesville City Schools: Students at CCS will be snacking on crisp, crunchy apples from Henley’s Orchard and juicy watermelon from Wood Ridge Farm. Throughout the year we provide fruits and veggies for the School Lunch Program, and also for the federally-funded Fresh Fruits and Vegetables program which is designed to provide supplemental healthy snacks to the students that need them most.
Waynesboro City Schools: They are emphasizing salads in Waynesboro schools this year, especially at the middle school which serves more than 600 children each day. Salad ingredients this week include: organic salad mix from Riverstone Organics, cherry tomatoes from Critzer Family Farm, and slicing cucumbers from Singing Earth Produce. This assortment will change a bit each week, and may also include fruit and berries.
Also in Waynesboro, the School Wellness initiative has purchased 18 cases of local fruit for inclusion in their ‘Back to School’ Wellness baskets! Each school in the system is receiving a basket of local white and yellow peaches, nectarines, and Summer Rambo apples so that teachers and staff can grab a fresh, local, healthy snack.
We are so proud of these school systems for making an effort to feed their students fresh, healthy local food — and supporting our farmers in the process. Best of luck, everyone!