by Emily Rose
The students of Jackson County Schools were recently treated to a very local meal. To kick off “Georgia Grown, Jackson Strong,” on Sept. 24 all twelve cafeterias in the school district served a lunch that was entirely grown in Georgia, and most of it from right inside Jackson County!
The menu was:
- Baked Chicken Breast with chicken from Wayne Farm in Jackson County and an organic rosemary rub from Bouchard Farms in Jackson County
- Veggie Patch Salad with organic lettuce mix from Bouchard Farms in Jackson County, more leafy greens from Stone Creek Hydroponics in Hartwell, GA, and organic tomatoes from Day Spring Farm in Jackson County
- Roasted Vegetables with organic tomatoes from Day Spring Farm in Jackson County, and squash and zucchini from Bouchard Farms in Jackson County, Moore and Porter Produce in Thomasville, GA, and Southern Valley Fruit and Vegetable in Norman Park, GA.
- Baked Sweet Potatoes from Coggins Farm in Lake Park, GA, with a drizzle of honey from Peckerwood Bees in Jackson County
- Peach Cobbler with peaches from Jaemor Farms in Alto, GA (in the county next door!)
Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black was on hand for the kick-off event and told students at East Jackson Elementary School, “Georgia students deserve the best and our farmers produce the best. This program is connecting the dots.” After an assembly, students had the chance to meet farmers, pet pigs and chicks, and climb inside a tractor. See pictures here.
“Georgia Grown, Jackson Strong” Day kicks off a series of Georgia Grown days for the district. Over the course of the 2014-2015 school year, students will enjoy one lunch a month of entirely Georgia Grown products.
The kids are pretty excited!