Friday, February 28, 2014

Fresh Fork Market Brings Local Foods to School Lunches

Fresh Fork Market Brings Local Foods to School Lunches
by Brit Charek

Fresh Fork Market is more than just a CSA program for families and individuals to access fresh local foods. (We wrote about them back when they first expanded their service to the Akron area-- Click here to see that article again!) Earlier this month, they hosted a Farm-to-School event at Tallmadge High School to educate and spread health awareness. Each day, the menu features locally-grown produce and locally-raised meats.

"We want to teach the kids that local foods can be flavorful and nutritious," says Fresh Fork Market Owner Trevor Clatterback, who hopes to work with more school districts in the future. "We want to do it in a way that kids will understand, and kids understand burritos and pizza."

Within those districts, he and his staff will track food and labor costs and other information regarding incorporating local food into a school menu.

Pisanick Partners, a nutrition and operations based consulting firm, helped develop the menu. They worked together to serve lunch to Hudson Middle School last Thanksgiving. Click here to see a video about that event. The two companies hope to continue working together to encourage more schools to make local foods a part of their overall food procurement.

Fresh Fork Market's Summer Subscription starts in June. They have stops in Copley, Richfield and Highland Square. Check out their website for more information and to sign up.

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