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Farm to You Fest is Oct. 1-6

Filed in Elsmere by on September 28, 2018

Dear Elsmere Parents,

The Elsmere Healthy Kids Committee is excited to introduce our tenth annual “Farm to You Fest” event, which is a statewide celebration of local farms and food. 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. Enjoy!


Farm to You Fest Activities

“Squash Hunger” Fruit and vegetable Drive – donate some fresh NY fruits and veggies at school for local people in need (see below for details)

Farmers Market Scavenger Hunt Visit any local farmers market with your checklist in hand (click here for the checklist). Turn in your completed checklist at the Delmar Saturday Farmers Market (at the BCSD Middle School; 9AM – 1PM) on October 6th, or at the Elsmere front office by Tuesday, Oct. gth 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) 

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?

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!

Wednesday is Dress Like a Farmer Day – Have fun and show your friends and teachers how you would dress if you were a farmer growing fruits and vegetables. 

Garden Cleanup Day – Close out Elsmere’s Vegetation Sensation Garden on Saturday, October 6th from 3-5pm. Please bring gloves and gardening tools if you have them.


“Squash Hunger” Fruit and Vegetable Drive 

As part of Farm to You Fest Week 2018 (October 1-5), our school will be collecting fresh produce to donate to people in need in Bethlehem and the greater Capital District. “Squash Hunger” collection bins will be placed in the front lobby at school from Monday, October 1 through Friday, October 5.

  • Please bring in fresh produce from your own garden, a local farmers market or farm stand, or the grocery store (kids, please shop with your parents if you can!).
  • Produce does not need to be in a bag when placed in the collection bins.
  • Please place soft produce (tomatoes, greens, plums, peaches, etc.) and hard produce (apples, butternut squash, etc.) in their assigned bins so produce does not get damaged.
  • A volunteer parent will be delivering the donations to our local drop-off spot at McCarroll’s Delmar Marketplace each day and we will be tracking the pounds each day!

We are donating this fresh food to shelters, pantries, and soup kitchens where it will be cooked into tasty, nutritious meals for those in need.

Our district has donated over 4,500 pounds of produce to Capital Roots’ Squash Hunger Program since we began doing F2YF. Let’s see what we can do this year!

Please contact bethlehemhealthykids@gmail.com with any questions.

Thank you for helping our school “squash hunger” in our communities!