This past October, students at Bowe, Stefanik, Lambert-Lavoie, and Litwin participated in our Harvest of the Month taste test and tried Pumpkin Spice Pears! Following the Mass Farm to School Network’s Harvest of the Month (HOM) calendar, we used local pears from farmer Joe Czajkowski in Hadley. October is our first HOM taste test of the school year. Students will continue trying new foods throughout the year until June, when strawberry season is in full swing!
Thanks to the the overwhelming positive feedback from our students and staff, our Farm to School coordinator has made the pumpkin spice pears a menu item for school lunch in November! Bowe had the highest votes: 191 students loved it, 52 liked it, and 24 disliked it. Next, Stefanik had 152 students vote loved it, 39 liked it, and 38 disliked it. Lastly, at Lambert-Lavoie, 111 students loved it, 35 liked it, and 35 disliked it. Although votes were not counted at Litwin, there was an immensely positive response to the taste test there as well! If you want to try it at home, check out the recipe down below.
This month our FoodCorps service members prepared a cheesy kale bake for students to sample in the cafeteria as part of MA Farm to School's Harvest of the Month program. Click below for the recipe and be sure to check out these drool worthy pictures!
Construction has finally begun on Dupont's new hoop house! Hooray! Students from Chicopee Comprehensive High School's Horticulture Shop, led by teacher Jeff Pronovost, are currently in the process of assembling the structure, which will reside at the front of the school outside of the gymnasium. Hopefully the hoop house will be up and running before the winter holidays! A big thank you to all the supporters who donated to our 2017 SeedMoney campaign and made this project possible!
The ChicopeeFRESH team is a group of creative individuals who are working to feed Chicopee students healthy, local and FRESH foods each day.