Fresh sweet corn picked the day before, flavorful crunchy apples right from the tree, and milk produced within miles of school districts is what students are enjoying for lunch in schools across New York State. Through the program, NY Thursdays, schools are bringing farm-fresh local food into the cafeteria for students to eat a locally sourced lunch.
New York is home to over 33,000 farms, 98% of which are family-owned (USDA 2017 Ag Census) and milk is the #1 product, and a big part of NY Thursdays! In addition, New York is plentiful with apples, cabbage, corn, green peas, potatoes, squash, and tomatoes. Farm animals such as cows and chickens, are also a large part of NY agriculture. It is many thanks to farmers who are partnering with schools that enables tasty fresh foods to be on school lunch trays!
The farm to school movement continues to grow as schools not only in New York but across the country work with local farmers to expand local food in the school cafeterias. Let’s take a look at some of the delicious offerings in New York: