Caroline Schools hosts Farm to Tray luncheon
DENTON — Caroline County Public Schools hosted its sixth annual Farm to Tray Luncheon at Lockerman Middle School in Denton Wednesday, Sept. 27.
Students from the Chesapeake Culinary Center prepared the dishes, which featured food from 15 Maryland farms and a Delaware farm. The students also were joined by CCPS Superintendent Dr. Patricia Saelens, board of education members, Caroline dignitaries and local business leaders for the luncheon.
Participating in the luncheon were Bartenfelder Farms in Preston, Harris Farms in Preston, Clayton Farms in Denton, Richardson Farms in Preston, Chapel Cheeses in Cordova, Fox Meadow Farms in Cordova, J.M. Clayton Farms in Cambridge, Mad House Oysters in Fishing Creek, Congressional Seafood in Jessup, Evans Farms in Bridgeville, Colora Orchards in Colora, Richfield Farms in Manchester, Russel Farms in
Clements, Shlagel Farms in Waldorf, Hoffman’s in Hagerstown and Fiefer Orchard in Camden, Del.
Students received plenty of food options, including Maryland Crab Soup, pork barbecue, cheeses, oysters, cucumber salad, watermelon salad and catfish in lemon dill sauce.
“It means a lot to be able to offer these students with local produce that is more nutritious for them,” said CCPS Supervisor of Food Services Beth Brewster. “It also helps educate them on where their food comes from, and supports local farmers. It helps drive the economy for Maryland farmers.
“This program really does multiple things because it helps our Culinary Arts students become more career ready with more opportunities in preparing food,” she said. “This is a chance for them to work with our local farms and make these dishes for the students.”
One of the dishes served was in collaboration with the CCPS Career and Technology FFA students and the Culinary Arts students.
The FFA students, under the direction of Caroline FFA Advisor Jodi Callahan, raised pigs and sold them to Caroline Food Services, which then processed the pigs locally. The Culinary Arts students then created recipes with the pork, and serve the dishes at lunch for Caroline County Public School students.
At the Farm to Tray Luncheon, Culinary Arts served pork barbecue to students.
“It is a great collaboration,” Brewster said. “People can see this is all connected. It is a really great team effort with the school system, our students, the University of Maryland Extension office, the nutrition department, local watermen, local farmers and Mar yland Food Bank.”
Caroline County Public Schools will be celebrating National School Lunch Week from Tuesday, Oct 9, to Friday, Oct. 13.
Caroline County Culinary Arts students Sunshine Simons, left, and Stephanie Spence serve catfish and Maryland Crab Soup at the Farm to Tray Luncheon at Lockerman Middle School Wednesday, Sept. 27.
Caroline County Culinary Arts student Sunshine Simons serves Maryland Crab Soup at the Farm to Tray Luncheon at Lockerman Middle School Wednesday, Sept. 27.
Caroline County Culinary Arts students Ryan Hinkle, left, and Savannah biggs serve watermelon salad at the Farm to Tray Luncheon at Lockerman Middle School Wednesday, Sept. 27.
Caroline County Culinary Arts students serve pork barbecue at the Farm to Tray Luncheon at Lockerman Middle School Wednesday, Sept. 27.
Caroline FFA students Matthew Willis, left, Samuel Gray and Cheyenne Wells participate in the Caroline Schools Farm to Tray Luncheon at Lockerman Middle School Wednesday, Sept. 27.
Caroline County Culinary Arts students serve cheese at the Farm to Tray Luncheon at Lockerman Middle School Wednesday, Sept. 27.