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Farm to You Fest is Oct. 1-5

Filed in Archive, District, District News by on September 24, 2019

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The Bethlehem Healthy Kids Committee is pleased to announce its 11th annual Farm to You Fest event, which is a statewide celebration of local farms and food. This year’s F2YF will be October 1-5, 2019. Each of the Bethlehem 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.

This event is a great partnership with BC Green Team, Delmar Farmers Market, Capital Roots and BCSD Food Services. We hope your child will enjoy celebrating Farm to You Fest both at school and with you at home. Below are some ways to participate:

“Squash Hunger” Fruit and Vegetable Drive – Donate some fresh NY fruits and veggies at school for local people in need. Collection bins will be located 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, zucchini, onion, beets, pears, etc.) This is a longtime partnership with Capital Roots’ Squash Hunger Program. Our district has donated over 4,800 pounds of produce since we began doing F2YF. 

Guess the Weight of the Pumpkin – Participating schools will be guessing the weight of pumpkins! This fun activity is organized by the BC Green Team. Closest guess wins the pumpkin! 

Farmers Market Fun

  • Scavenger HuntVisit any local farmers market with your checklist in hand between now and Oct. 5. Turn in your completed checklist at the Delmar Saturday Farmers Market at the BCSD Middle School; 9AM – 1PM) on October 5, or at the main office by Tuesday, Oct. 8, to participate in a farm-fresh prize raffle at school! (Two local markets include Tuesdays at the Methodist Church on Kenwood Ave and Saturdays at the Middle School). We will have extra copies of the checklist at our Healthy Kids table at the farmers market.
  • Fruit and Veggie BINGO – Collect your BINGO card at the Healthy Kids Committee table at the Delmar Farmers Market and go meet local farmers. See which fruits and veggies they grow and sell and then mark your BINGO card. 

Try School Lunch – 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? Check out school menus here.

Pack a Farm Fresh Snack – Pack whole fruits or veggies for snacks during F2YF – sliced apples and pears, cucumbers, carrots…  all are now in season in New York state!