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Posted by Simca Horwitz

Simca is a Technical Assistance Specialist for the Massachusetts Farm to School Project

Get ready for local tomatoes, sweet corn on the cob, fresh crunchy Macintosh apples, and cucumber dill salad! It's time for the fifth annual Massachusetts Harvest for Students Week, September 19-23, 2011.   

During Harvest Week, schools and colleges serve fresh, nutritious meals made with foods produced by Massachusetts farms.  Across the Commonwealth, food service staff, teachers, students, farmers, and public officials will celebrate in many ways, such as:

  • featuring a local fruit or vegetable on each day’s menu
  • serving produce from the school garden
  • providing local snacks or sharing recipes at parents’ night
  • hosting student visits at a nearby orchard
  • inviting a legislator to lunch

Bringing local produce into schools helps to make sure all students have the option to eat healthy foods that taste good. It’s also a great chance to connect Massachusetts agriculture and schools and colleges throughout the state.

Harvest Week is coordinated by the Massachusetts Farm to School Project in collaboration with the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources, the School Nutrition Association of Massachusetts, and the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.   

The Massachusetts Farm to School Project can help people find sources for local foods and suggest creative ways for schools, students, families, and communities to get involved. In addition, it offers a variety of free materials to help celebrate Harvest Week, including recipes, posters, stickers, farmer “trading cards,” and other fun items. 

So, how will your community celebrate? For ideas, assistance and materials, and to inform the Project about your plans to celebrate Harvest Week, please visit, email us at, or call 413-253-3844.

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