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Farm to You Fest 2019 is October 1-5

Filed in Elsmere by on September 22, 2019

The Healthy Kids Committee is excited to introduce our 11th annual Farm to You Fest event a statewide celebration of local farms and food. We hope your child will enjoy celebrating both at school and with you at home. Please contact bethlehemhealthykids@gmail.com with any questions.

Below are some ways to participate all week long. Enjoy!

  1. “Squash Hunger” Fruit and Vegetable Drive – donate some fresh NY fruits and veggies at school for local people in need (see below for details)
  2. Farmers Market Scavenger HuntPrint a checklist and visit any local farmers market. Turn in your completed checklist at the Oct. 5th Delmar Saturday Farmers Market (at the BC Middle School; 9AM – 1PM) or at the Elsmere front office by Tuesday, Oct. 8th to participate in a farm fresh prize raffle at school! (2 local markets include Tuesdays at the Methodist Church on Kenwood Ave and Saturdays at the Middle School.)
  3. Try School Lunch – Many of the fruits and veggies in our school lunches come from local farms!
  4. Pack a Farm Fresh Snack – Pack whole fruits or veggies for snacks this week – sliced apples and pears, cucumbers, carrots…all in season in NY now!

Squash Hunger Drive – Tuesday, Oct 1 – Friday, October 4

Between Tuesday-Friday (school is closed on Monday, September 30), our school will be collecting fresh produce to donate to people in need.  “Squash Hunger” collection bins will be placed in the front lobby at school EACH DAY that week.  

  • Please bring in fresh produce from your own garden, a local farmers market, farm stand, or the grocery store (kids, please shop with your parents if you can!).  
  • A volunteer parent will be tracking the pounds collected and delivering the donations to our local drop-off spot at McCarroll’s Delmar Marketplace each day!!

Suggestions: Kindergarten Red (apples, tomatoes, red onions), First Grade Orange (oranges, peppers, carrots, sweet potatoes, cantaloupe), Second Grade Yellow (squash, peppers, bananas), Third Grade Green (cucumbers, peppers, broccoli, beans, honeydew melon), Fourth Grade Blue/Purple (beets, cabbage), Fifth Grade White (onions, potatoes, garlic)

Get psyched to donate fruits and veggies to help others eat the rainbow. Thank you for helping our school “squash hunger” in our communities. Your donations will go to shelters, pantries, and soup kitchens for those in need. BCSD has donated 1,000s of lbs of fresh food to people in need – your donations really help!