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Minneapolis Public Schools’ 8th annual Farm to School Community BBQ celebrates local food

Governor Tim Walz will join the BBQ on Tuesday, which promises to be an evening of good food, local farmers, and free family fun! This annual community event demonstrates Minneapolis Public Schools’ (MPS’s) commitment to supporting small to mid-size farmers, serving fresh and locally-grown food in our lunchrooms, and educating our students and families about the importance of local food, agriculture, wellness, and nutrition. The BBQ will take place in the parking lot of MPS’s Culinary Center, right in front of a large garden transformed into an outdoor farm classroom.

Come meet the farmers who grow the district’s food and learn about the real food served in MPS schools. Dinner—served by farmers and chefs—will feature Farm to School produce, local meats and foods, and several recipes developed by the district’s True Food Chef Council and annual Jr. Iron Chef Competition.

The event will feature veggie car racing, live honeybee hive observations, bike blender smoothies, and plant-your-own herb gardens. And the evening will heat up at 6 p.m. when special guests, including MDA Assistant Commissioner Patrice Bailey and Senator Bobby Jo Champion, team up with students in a high-stakes corn-shucking competition! Teams will race to see who can shuck the most corn from Untiedt’s Vegetable Farm.

WHAT: 8th annual Farm to School Community BBQ

WHEN: Tuesday, September 17th,  4:30-7:00pm. Corn-Shucking Contest at 6:00pm

WHERE: 812 North Plymouth Avenue (parking lot of MPS’ Culinary Center)

Learn more about MPS’s Farm to School program: cws.mpls.k12.mn.us/f2s_program and the True Food Chef Council: cws.mpls.k12.mn.us/true_food_chef_council. (High Resolution photos available upon request.)

Background: Minneapolis Public Schools’ Farm to School Program is a national model for serving local, sustainable food in school meals. The program is a win-win for local farmers who can count on a market for their products and kids who enjoy the fresh food. Through innovative contracts, MPS Culinary & Wellness Services works directly with local farmers to purchase more than 40 varieties of vegetables and fruits for school meals. Last school year, MPS Culinary & Wellness Services purchased over 190,000 pounds of local produce, in addition to local meats, dairy, and other food products.