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Oklahoma Local Foods Challenge Set for October

Mon, 29 Sep 2014 12:08:23 CDT

Oklahoma Local Foods Challenge Set for October

The Oklahoma Dept. of Agriculture, Food and Forestry announced a Local Foods Challenge for Oklahoma schools during the month of October. Schools are invited to use more Oklahoma products during the month and share their own local food recipes and menus. Selected recipes and menus will be featured on the Oklahoma Farm to School website by clicking here.

"Oklahoma agriculture is rich with a variety of specialty crops such as watermelon, carrots, beans, peas, squash, sweet potatoes and beets," Oklahoma Secretary of Agriculture Jim Reese said. "Beef, dairy and wheat are also frequently used in school menus. The Local Foods Challenge encourages students to learn more about local agriculture and where their food comes from in addition to enjoying nutritious local food choices on their plates."

Participating schools must include a contact name, phone number and e-mail address along with a copy of the school menu and recipes highlighting local foods. Send menus and supporting recipes featuring local foods to Oklahoma Farm to School Program Administrator Katie Strack at katie.strack@ag.ok.gov with "F2S Month Challenge" in the subject line. Information must be submitted no later than Friday, Oct. 24.

In addition to being listed on the Oklahoma Farm to School website, participants will be recognized by ODAFF and the National Farm to School Network. The month-long state celebration includes National Farm to School Month and National School Lunch Week on Oct. 13-17.

Watermelon salsa is a delicious way to use fresh produce in the Local Foods Challenge for schools sponsored by ODAFF during the month of October.



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