Taste Washington Day in School Pt 1

Taste Washington Day in School Pt 1

Bob Larson
Bob Larson
I’m Bob Larson. Where does your food come from? That’s a question school children across Washington state will get answers to today, October 2nd. That’s because today is “Taste Washington Day,” the day students kick off “Farm to School Month.”

Chris Iberle, with Washington Department of Agriculture’s Farm to School team, says Taste Washington Day began nearly a decade ago …

IBERLE … “Yeah, this is the ninth year to celebrate Taste Washington Day. It’s a great day to feature and highlight Washington-grown foods at school districts all across the state and do all kinds of farm to school activities to celebrate farm to school and celebrate Washington agriculture.”

Iberle says it’s a teaching moment …

IBERLE … “It’s a promotion that Washington State Department of Agriculture puts on, along with the Washington School Nutrition Association and OSPI, the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction Child Nutrition.”

Iberle says Taste Washington Day has become a very popular celebration …

IBERLE … “Yeah, this year we’ve got at least 40 school districts signed up, all across the state. So, urban, rural, big, and small, a lot of school districts are serving a special Washington-grown meal, so using local and seasonal ingredients from local farms in the area.”

And, he says there are several ways to celebrate …

IBERLE … “A lot are doing a Washington Apple Crunch to have kids eat and bite into Washington-grown apples all at once and make a big crunch all across the state around noon. A lot are visiting school gardens and teaching kids about food and agriculture in other ways.”

Tune in tomorrow for more on Taste Washington Day and how students celebrating.

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