Working with Food Connects really helps us get local food on the menu for our students. In the world of School Lunch, the rules and regulations are dense, and sometimes overwhelming. Having Food Connects there to talk about every little nuance saves time and keeps us in the kitchen. Our program is about pushing the envelope and Food Connects helps us do it. They understand the business of local food and bring our program more than just great apples. They bring us a sense of camaraderie and real community.
We’re a certified organic vegetable farm that now works with Monadnock Menus as both a producer and a customer. As farmers, we appreciate that they aggregate orders to customers we would not otherwise have the distribution scope to reach. Similarly, through Monadnock Menus, we can more easily and profitably stock our farm stand with local goods, keeping up with our customers favorites and introducing them to new local products as well. We’d like to see Mondanock Menus continue to grow, and continue to shift the balance to local shopping in the Monadnock region.
I am the Chef/Manager at Camp Wanocksett in Dublin New Hampshire, entering my twentieth year here at Wanocksett working with the Scouts. I have used Monadnock Menus for three years. The quality of the lettuce they provide is second to none. I personally eat the salad bar twice a day. The heads of both the Red and Green Leaf Lettuce are almost double the weight of the previous providers. Upon finishing the salad the last leafs still stand firm to the fork and are easily lifted from the plate. The grown local, table freshness is so evident here that it is a pleasure to share this with the farmers. Just yesterday a new week of campers arrived. At breakfast this morning a Scoutmaster mentioned how the salad bar was excellent last night. It’s because of Monadnock Menus I hear compliments from my customers all the time. Thank you Monadnock Menus.
The Red’s Best fish smelled like a fresh Nantucket breeze.
The town of Brattleboro and Fresh Picks Café strive to make delicious, local healthy food available to all our students. By purchasing local berries we are not only providing our students with nutritionally superior produce but also supporting our local community and farmers. Our students love our fruit and yogurt parfaits and introducing homemade muffins using frozen local berries has been a huge hit. Freezing berries is the easiest way to preserve the fresh taste and nutrition in local produce. For us, buying local is a win-win option and we at Fresh Picks Café are committed to buying local whenever we can!
We value the collaboration and benefits of working closely with Food Connects and our greater community and realize that through procurement of local foods, we can offer our children more nutritional meals, receive more buy-in from staff and families thus increasing meal participation, support our local economy and model these healthy sustainable living choices for our students.
The apples and fruits are so healthy for you. We always have good food that is healthy for us.