Ways to Use Local Food
Salad bars are a great way to use local food. This video will give you ideas about using salad bars in your cafeteria!
It’s a myth that kids won’t eat healthy food. There are lots and lots of great recipes out there, and all of the ones below are kid-tested and approved!
General Tips for Preparing Fresh Foods for Kids
- Pecks to Pounds: This great resource from the Maryland Dept. of Agriculture translates common products from farm language to kitchen language. How many peaches are in a bushel? 48 pounds!
- Whole Grain Resource for School Breakfast and Lunch: This resource from the USDA provides an in-depth look at the grain-rich criteria for school meals.
- Recommended Kitchen Equipment for Scratch Cooking: These equipment recommendations from Wisconsin Farm to School can improve production times and flexibility for using whole ingredients.
- Fresh From the Farm: This cookbook from Massachusetts Farm to School includes recipes and step-by-step preparation tips for each featured vegetable.
- New School Cuisine Cookbook: Developed by Vermont school nutrition professionals with support from the New England Culinary Institute, this cookbook includes 78 kid-tested and approved recipes that meet new USDA dietary guidelines and feature local, seasonal foods. (It can also be downloaded chapter by chapter here.)
- USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service Recipe Box: These quick, delicious, and cost-effective recipes are meant for every type of cook.
- Recipes for Healthy Kids: These recipes developed by groups of kids and adults working together to create nutritious school lunch recipes.
- Now We’re Cooking! A Collection of Simple Scratch Recipes: These recipes served in Minnesota schools were all taste tested and approved by kids.
- TONS More Recipes here!