Apple Crunch Day 2017

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Posted October 23, 2017

Plymouth School District Food Service is celebrating Farm-to-School Month this October, with all students and staff given the opportunity to enjoy locally grown apples on Apple Crunch Day.

“The F2School initiative is one the district feels very passionate about, and we have been able to increase local offerings each year,” said District Chef Caren Johnson. “The past two years our district has been able to partner with over a dozen farms and farm families within the county to provide local, fresh foods to our students and staff.” 

The big celebration for Farm-to-School Month is Apple Crunch Day, held Oct. 12 this year. Every student and staff member (taking a hot lunch or bringing lunch from home) was given the opportunity to "crunch" together that day with local apples purchased from Log Cabin Orchard of Plymouth. 

“This event couldn't have been successful without the numerous community volunteers we had that day to hand out apples, give out stickers, visit at lunch, and talk with kids about apple growing an local foods,” Chef Johnson said. “Thank you to all who helped that day.”

District farm-to-school purchases include produce, local meats, and cheeses. Farm-to-school products are identified each month on school menus with a tractor symbol.

Other farm-to-school features this month have included:

  • Wild Field Panini at the high school, using cabbage from the PHS garden, fresh basil from the Food Science & Agriculture Center, and Sargento Provolone.  
  • A Sartori Chef Salad for staff throughout the district and as a grab-and-go salad at the high school.
  • A lentil salad served districtwide that was prepared with cabbage from PHS and carrots from local Springdale Farms. 
  • Sliced peppers, cucumbers, and tomatoes purchased from Springdale Farms.
  • Meatloaf served earlier this month using local lamb grown by the McMullen Family Farm.
  • Hamburgers purchased locally from Kewaskum Frozen Foods.

For more information on the district Farm-to-School program or on volunteering with Food Service, please contact District Chef Caren Johnson at or (920) 892-2661, Ext. 1651.

Learn more:
Visit our School Food Service & Nutrition webpage.
• Explore the Wellness section of our District Report Card to learn more about our state recognition for homemade meals featuring locally sourced food.
Follow and join the conversation on the APPLE (Area Plymouth Parents for Living Well with Education) Facebook page