By Aandi Kropelin, Americorps Farm to School Program, Community Outreach Coordinator
On Thursday November 15th Sheboygan County participated in the First Annual Wisconsin Chili Lunch event hosted by UW-Madison’s Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems. Plymouth School District served chili in their lunch programs, and Nourish served chili featuring sweet potatoes (November Harvest of the Month) at all nine sites.
In Sheboygan Area School District (SASD), Central High School and Etude High School participated in the event by holding a taste testing of the special Wisconsin Chili Lunch recipe made by Joanne Roehsler and Central kitchen staff.
The SASD recipe contained 2 ingredients provided by regional farms in central Wisconsin. The chili was sampled to students at both high schools during the lunch hour, and both students and faculty were extremely pleased with the result. Many students requested a second sample, and even a third!
SASD hopes to include this recipe on lunch menus in the future. Nourish’s AmeriCorps Farm to School members also participated in the event by helping serve the chili samples to students at the high schools and gained feedback by conducting a small survey asking the students about the local ingredients involved in the recipe.
The Wisconsin Chili Lunch was a great way to highlight farm to cafeteria efforts, practiced in using local foods, supported Wisconsin farmers and joined forces with cafeterias and kitchens across the state to be “vocal for local.”
SASD supported the following local ingredients:
Onions: Okray Family Farms, Plover, WI - 130 miles
Mushrooms: Gourmet’s Delight Mushroom Farm, Eden, WI - 31 miles