Caro­line Schools hosts Farm to Tray lun­cheon

Times-Record - - Front Page - By DUSTIN HOLT dholt@ches­pub.com

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.

PHOTO BY DUSTIN HOLT

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.

PHOTOS BY DUSTIN HOLT

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.

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