School produce stands and farmers markets are great ways to expose children to healthy, fresh foods and expand their understanding of where food comes from and why supporting local producers is important for the community. Starting one of these programs at your school might be a challenge, but it’s one that’s worth taking on for your students!

In “Stand” and Deliver, a new SN Plus article, you’ll visit Bridgeton Public Schools in New Jersey, where the new Grow With Us mobile produce stand visits each of the districts seven elementary schools to provide students with fresh fruit and teach them about how produce stands operate. Then, you’ll head across the country to Willamina Elementary School in Oregon, where the Nutrition Services Department hosts an annual Kids Farmers Market Day featuring produce and baked goods for sale from local vendors, cooking demonstrations, educational programs and more.

The latest SN Plus article, shares the details of these districts’ innovative programs, plus what it took for the directors to bring their ambitious ideas to life and make them a success—both in the eyes of their students and other important stakeholders.

Let the stories shared in this article inspire you! School farmers markets and produce stands offer endless positive opportunities for your students—how could you implement these ideas at your own school? Click here to read it now.

For more strategies and solutions in K-12 foodservice, check out the SN Plus archive in SNA’s online Resource Library.

School Nutrition thanks Bridgford Foods for its generous support in making this article available.

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