In Connecticut: Out of the 7,500 varieties of apple worldwide, 60 are grown right here in Connecticut. Our apples are generally available from mid July through the end of December.

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Ms. Emily Doering, Director of Food Services and the Watertown cafeteria team featured locally grown produce in our Cafeterias! Students taste tested and ‘CRUNCHED’ seasonal veggies and fruits throughout the week of Oct. 3-7 in celebration of the CT Put Local On Your Tray Challenge.

And local ‘March Farms’ provided a variety of apples to our schools for the CT Apple Crunch Challenge!

Students had opportunities to learn about seasonal, local produce AND taste them. 

See the APPLE & PEAR recipes below and see what you can make to celebrate!

We’ve collected a number of recipe ideas for incorporating local apples into your meals. These recipes have been developed, tested, and approved by school food service professionals and by kids! (recipes from UConn Put Local On Your Tray)

Butternut Squash and Apple Casserole.pdf

Couple apples with another quintessential taste of fall with this recipe. This is a recipe contest winner from Pittsfield Public Schools in Massachusetts, and is sure to brighten up any lunch line!

Vermont Maple Apple French Toast Bake.pdf

A warm breakfast treat to serve on a crisp fall morning! This is a great recipe to liven up any leftover bread.

Gingered Cabbage Salad.pdf

Spice up a cabbage salad with a touch of fresh ginger and a hint of sweetness from crisp apples!

Peanut Butter Apple Wraps .pdf

A simple, familiar pairing sure to satisfy the taste buds!

Wheat Berry & Apple Salad.pdf

A great way to introduce wheat berries with a familiar fruit!

Waldorf Fruit Salad .pdf

A classic take on fresh apples!

CT Grown for CT Kids Week is an annual event happening every October in Connecticut. This week aims to celebrate and support local agriculture, public education and our community commitment to the importance of healthy nutritious meals in schools. Each year, legislators, food service directors, farmers and students gather together through farm to school activities and consumption of local products. Multiple organizations across the state support this effort to help their local schools bring CT Grown for CT Kids Week into classrooms and the home. To find more ways to celebrate farm to school visit farmtoschool.org! 

(excerpt from UCONN Farm to Tray)