Sunday, October 2, 2016

Farm to School in Germantown Hills

Farm to School in Germantown Hills

Saturday, October 1st, 2016 was such a remarkable day. I attended what I hope to be the first of many Farmers Market gatherings at the Germantown Hills Middle School.  A group of local vendors participated in the event and donated a percentage of their proceeds to the school. 20161001_104657.jpg

Kim Kieswetter is the Food Service Director for District #69. She is the person who coordinated with local farmers and vendors to attend the event. She has become involved in implementing a Farm to School Program. (For those wanting more info on that please see future article titled Farm to School) The Schaidle’s were, of course, a natural choice as they run the local Farmers Market in Metamora. Also Dale and Sue were both teachers for many years.  Getting involved with the local schools and giving kids a healthier lunch menu is just the kind of thing these two would love to get behind.20161001_103745.jpg

The Schaidle’s jumped right on board as well as Partridge Point Orchard, selling fruits to Germantown Hills Middle School cafeteria program, and being involved in the Farmers Market and Farm to School month. They and some other local vendors were at the Farmers Market.
The Nook, a local arts and crafts store located inside Nena Ace Hardware in Germantown Hills. Blessed by Baskets, a local gift basket making business. A taste of Giacobozzis, a local olive oil and vinegar distributer.  Also Dee Dee Twilla Treasure selling foods and homemade crafts, and KT’S Goat Soap among others were a few of the local vendors who participated in this event. Thank you all for your time and effort.
Along with the market, Kim has begun this program with many great ideas behind it. For instance, a garden will be planted in the spring by teachers and students. This is a wonderful opportunity to educate the kids on growing and harvesting their own produce. A great way to get kids to eat healthier and be involved with the school and community.
How amazing is this? Local vendors being involved in any community event is good, but this to me, is just what small town living should be about. Real community, where everyone involved benefits. 20161001_104131.jpg



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