Fall School Food Update!
By: Mollie Silver on November 10, 2010
The pumpkin sale at Bread and Butter Farm was a success this fall! I want to sincerely thank those who purchased their carving and pie pumpkins from Common Roots this year. Your support is going directly to our new initiatives in the South Burlington Public Schools.
I have been able to incorporate all of the winter squash and most of the pie pumpkins (grown on our plot at Bread and Butter Farm) into the South Burlington Public Schools’ food service for hot lunches. With the help of *willing workers* on our 10-10-10 volunteer day, and two other days, we have processed a total of OVER 600 pounds of raw squash and pie pumpkins!
However, this does not include our final day of processing this afternoon, where I expect another couple hundred pounds of winter squash!
The squash is baked and pureed to be served at the annual Harvest Meal Lunch in the South Burlington Schools. The pie pumpkin was also baked and pureed to be used in the pumpkin pies for the same Harvest Meal Lunch, which will be on Thursday, November 18th. This is the FIRST year that the pumpkin pies are being made with FRESH pumpkin, instead of canned!
Additionally, willing workers have helped me process 300 pounds of raw pie pumpkin to be used as frozen pumpkin puree in our current farmer-direct Thanksgiving share. This was an idea from the new and wonderful Farm-to-School Coordinator, Kristen Miceli. (Kristen was recently hired by the South Burlington School District to work closely with the food service as they shift towards more local and fresh foods in the school lunches.) Kristen has put together a share of local produce from around the area that employees and staff of the South Burlington School Distict have the chance to purchase for their Thanksgiving meal. The share includes: potatoes, onions, carrots, cranberries, apples and my pumpkin puree. Hopefully this will go well and we can expand our customer base for the next time!
Kaitlyn and I, the two Farm-to-School Educators for Common Roots are now in the midst of being orientated into the South Burlington Middle School kitchen. We are going to be helping the food service prepare for the big Harvest Meal Lunch next week, while learning our way around the kitchen.
I hope that the colder weather treats you all well, as I am embracing it!