LITTLE FALLS – Along with the Food Service Directors of Brainerd School District and Crosby School District, Sprout MN launched a Farm to School Recipe Manual, which was distributed to all school districts in the counties of Cass, Crow Wing, Todd, Morrison and Wadena.
As part of this program funded by a U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm to School grant, Sprout MN led this collaboration with area school districts to develop, test, and implement new recipes featuring products often under -used, including beets, carrots, rutabaga and squash, according to the press release. . A core team of food service managers, chefs and food service staff created, developed, critiqued and adjusted the recipes. The students took part in six sensory exploration tastings. The core team then completed train-the-trainer sessions for over 24 other food service staff.
Sprout MN is focused on strengthening the local food system in central Minnesota by connecting producers, eaters, creatives and economic developers to increase access to healthy food, encourage entrepreneurship and cultivate creativity . Sprout’s history is deeply rooted in supporting farm-to-school initiatives, and its pioneering spirit has helped school districts and producers across the state create their own farm-to-school networks.
Sprout specializes in working with small family farms to aggregate locally produced fruits, vegetables and shelf stable items that are 100% produced in central Minnesota. Sprout works with many restaurants, food co-ops, hospitals, long-term care facilities, and runs a direct-to-consumer Community Supported Agriculture program.
The Farm to School network is creating an immeasurable positive impact on producers and school districts nationwide. For Sprout and the districts of central Minnesota, the initiative has been instrumental in educating students and staff about the origins of the products on their plates. Sprout seeks opportunities to support small family farms in central Minnesota through long-standing relationships with Food Service Directors and to advance our efforts on innovative ways to continue to bring nutritious, locally grown foods to children’s plates. of school age.
The farm-to-school manual, with 30 recipes showcasing Minnesota-grown produce, is publicly available and can be viewed at: bit.ly/3r7OPsM.
To learn more, visit www.SproutMN.com and follow Sprout MN on Facebook.