OXFORD HILLS — Every year across the state, Maine Harvest Lunch Week celebrates fresh, local food in public schools. Maine Harvest Lunch week aims to teach students where food comes from, and how buying local food from local farmers can be good for health, budget and community.
Maine Harvest Lunch Week looks different in every school and district across the state of Maine. In SAD 17, whenever possible, local, seasonal fruits and vegetables are offered for a delicious lunch menu throughout the year, and especially during Maine Harvest Lunch Week.
Be sure to check out the full Maine Harvest Lunch menu featuring foods from local farms.
This year, the Western Foothills Harvest Map (see page 6A) is being introduced to help families keep the local food celebration going long after Maine Harvest Lunch Week. Consumers can use this map to plan new adventures and see for themselves where this healthy, delicious, local food comes from.
While there are hundreds of farms in the Western Foothills, the map shows just a few. The Maine Food Atlas is a resource for finding the rest. It can be found at www.mainefoodatlas.org.
Something for all
Many farmers and markets accept SNAP/EBT and some will even double your money with Maine Harvest Bucks for fruits and vegetables.
There are so many farms, orchards, farmers’ markets and local food hubs to choose from all of which welcome families to come visit and by fresh and healthy foods.
Perhaps families are looking for something to do over the weekend and might enjoy combining the chore of food shopping with something the kids will enjoy. Discovering where food comes from and seeing it growing or “on the hoof” is a way to learn and have fun at the same time.
Discovering new foods and getting suggestions on how to use them straight from the grower adds to the adventure.
What are those weird twisted things (scapes) and what do you do with them? You can eat ferns (fiddle heads)? Ground cherries – sweet and delicious. Wait, purple carrots?
Hopefully, there a few weeks left before the first snowfall so grab your map and get going on a new and unique adventure!
Harvest Lunch Week Menu
SAD 17 District
September 25th to 29th
Tomato Soup w/ Crackers
Monday: Wheat Bread
Feature: Fresh Apple from Cooper Farms, West Paris
Homemade Chili con Carne w/ Beans
Tuesday: Assorted Fruit
Feature: Kidney Beans Grown & Packed by Green Thumb Farms, Fryeburg
Ground Beef from Pineland Farms, New Gloucester
Turkey & Cheese on Bun
Yogurt w/ Blueberries
Wednesday: Assorted Fruit
Feature: Maine Wild Blueberries from Ellsworth
Hamburger on Bun
Feature: Ground Beef Patties from Pineland Farms, New Gloucester
Pizza Cheese Sticks
Friday: Fresh Broccoli
Feature: Fresh Broccoli from Lakeside Family Farms, Newport
Salad Bars will features fresh produce from Maple Springs Farm, Harrison and Cooper Farms
Oakhurst Milk is sourced from local farms in Maine and Northern New England.