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Bellingham students sample Washington state’s bounty

Alderwood Elementary kindergartener Johnny Gaona, 5, enjoys cornbread made locally by Avenue Bread dipped in homemade chili during lunch on Taste Washington Day, Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015 in Bellingham. The three-bean chili was made with beans from Truitt Family Foods in Quincy, WA. Tri-color sweet coleslaw from Ralph’s Greenhouse in Mt. Vernon and Cloud Mountain Farms in Everson was also served.
Alderwood Elementary kindergartener Johnny Gaona, 5, enjoys cornbread made locally by Avenue Bread dipped in homemade chili during lunch on Taste Washington Day, Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015 in Bellingham. The three-bean chili was made with beans from Truitt Family Foods in Quincy, WA. Tri-color sweet coleslaw from Ralph’s Greenhouse in Mt. Vernon and Cloud Mountain Farms in Everson was also served. The Bellingham Herald

Homemade three-bean chili, fresh cornbread and cole slaw made a tasty lunch menu at Alderwood Elementary School on Wednesday, Oct. 7.

What made it special? The lunch option for students in the Bellingham School District showcased local, fresh food not necessarily seen in a standard school lunch. Contributors included Cloud Mountain Farm in Everson, Avenue Bread in Bellingham and Ralph’s Greenhouse in Mount Vernon.

The menu celebrated Taste Washington Day, an event organized by the state’s Department of Agriculture and School Nutrition Association. Districts across the state could voluntarily change their lunch menu for a day to include items grown and produced in Washington, with the goal of improving the “farm to school” connection.

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