Sunday, February 27, 2011

Broccoli Is Latest Local Vegetable On School Lunch Menu

Each month, San Diego Unified's Food Services Department highlights a Harvest of the Month, typically featuring local fruits and vegetables.

The Harvest of the Month for March is broccoli, specially planted for San Diego Unified on two local farms, part of the district's Farm to School Program.

Food Services and the San Diego Growers partnered last November to plant more than 4,000 broccoli plants at two local farms specifically for the Harvest of the Month program and other menu needs.

"We expected to harvest and serve broccoli last month but due to the cold weather growers will harvest more than 7,000 pounds of broccoli beginning at the end of February," said Vanessa Zajfen, the district's Farm to School coordinator.

When picked, the broccoli will be chopped and cooked in district kitchens for two lunch recipes, school salad bars and a broccoli and cheese baked potato. 

For more information on the Farm to School Program, contact Zajfen.

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