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2017 Farm to You Fest happening all week!

Filed in District by on September 25, 2017

It’s fall and that means it is time for our 9th Annual Farm to You Fest. Farm to You Fest is a statewide celebration of local farms and food. It is a program that began as an effort by the New York State Department of Agriculture and and Markets.

At Bethlehem CSD, it has been a great tradition and we are pleased to offer this special week in partnership with the Delmar Farmers Market, the BC Green Team, the Food Service Department and our PTAs and PTOs. We hope your child will enjoy celebrating Farm to You Fest both at school and with you at home; each of our schools participates in different ways but one common theme is the appreciation of fresh produce that is grown locally, so tasty and good for our health.

Below are some ways to participate. Enjoy!


Squash Hunger Produce Drive (All week): Donate some fresh NY fruits and veggies at school for local people in need. Collection bins are at each of the schools. Designated volunteers will bring them to McCarroll’s/Delmar Marketplace each day. Any fresh produce is welcome (butternut squash, apples, carrots, tomatoes, zucchini, onion, beets, pears, etc.)

Try School Lunch (All week): Did you know that many of the fruits and veggies in our school lunches come from local farms? Why not give these farm-fresh lunches a try? We have local apples and apple cider from Indian Ladder Farms in Altamont, NY. Tomatoes, squash and corn on the cob from Brizzell Farms in Melrose, NY. Chobani yogurt made in New Berlin, NY using milk from NY dairy cows. As always, all our milk is locally sourced from Sycaway Creamery in Troy, NY and comes from New England dairy cows.

Pack a Farm Fresh Snack (All week): Pack whole fruits or veggies for snacks this week. Sliced apples and pears, cucumbers, carrots…all in season in NY now!

Farmers Market Scavenger Hunt (Saturday, October 7): Visit any local farmers market with your checklist in hand. Turn in your completed checklist at the Delmar Saturday Farmers Market on October 7 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the BCSD Middle School, or at the main office by Tuesday, Oct. 10 for a farm-fresh prize at school! (2 local markets include Tuesdays at the Methodist Church on Kenwood Ave and Saturdays at the Middle School). A big thank you to our Delmar Farmers Market vendors for donating the prizes once again this year.


Salad for Kids Day (Friday, October 6): For all lunch periods at the BCMS, there will be free, freshly picked salads! Nothing beats the fresh taste of just-picked lettuce, radishes, carrots and more! All of the produce is organically grown by students and community members. You can’t get more local than the produce grown in the middle school garden! It is always a popular event! 

We hope you enjoy this special week and all the delicious and healthy produce that NY farmers grow for us!

Please see the Healthy Kids Committee web page for details regarding additional programs throughout the year.