Farm to Preschool
The fourth season of Long Island Farm to Preschool has come to a close, and we are incredibly grateful to all the families, staff, and community members that helped to make our program a success. We were able to run our farm stands this summer for 15 weeks, offer over $1100 in free produce to our center families, and once again help our farmer earn over $19,000. We are so proud to see so many dollars kept local, to support small farmers, and to provide better access to fresh, local produce for four communities on Long Island.
This season saw the addition of new center Kiddie Academy of Brightwaters in Bay Shore. We provided hands on nutrition education lessons to the Pre-K students in the spring, and also helped the center plant a new vegetable container garden near the playground. It was bittersweet to say goodbye to Anna House in Elmont, Children’s Nest in Merrick and Marks of Excellence in Amityville. Their staff and families have been the key to making Farm to Preschool a success, and we really appreciate all of their support and participation.
Next year Long Island Farm to Preschool will be moving on to new locations, so please keep in touch with us via Facebook or sign up for our email newsletter. We will keep you posted on winter happenings and what our new locations will be next summer. Thanks again to everyone involved, and we wish all of you a very happy and healthy fall and winter!
Recipes from the 2017 Farm to Preschool Season!
Rita's Pickled Radishes- Week of June 19th
Red Pepper & White Bean Salad- Week of June 26th
Glazed Beets and Greens- Week of July 3rd
Leafy Greens Salad with Apple Dressing- Week of July 10th
Braised Carrots and Tomatoes- Week of July 17th
Succotash Salad- Week of July 24th
Zucchini Spaghetti- Week of July 31st
Blueberry Thyme Salad- Week of August 7th
Cucumber Dip with Pita Chips- Week of August 14th
Lettuce and Chickpea Salad- Week of August 21st
Stewed Cabbage- Week of August 28th
Strawberry Pepper Salsa- Week of September 4th
Butternut Squash with Collard Greens- Week of September 11th
Potato Corn Soup- Week of September 18th
Sweet Potato & Apple Stir-Fry- Week of September 25th
Check out healthy recipes to try at home
from the 2016 Farm to Preschool Season!
Greek Salad - Week of June 27th
Citrus Splashed Beets - Week of July 4th
Summer Squash and White Bean Salad - Week of July 11th
Peach Compote - Week of July 18th
Radish Stir-Fry - Week of July 25th
Carrot Confetti Salad - Week of August 1st
Fresh Corn Polenta - Week of August 8th
Plum Cucumber Salad - Week of August 15th
Okra and Tomatoes - Week of August 22nd
Black Bean Dip - Week of August 29th
Raw Corn Salad - Week of September 5th
Smashed Potatoes with Kale- Week of September 12th
Applesauce- Week of September 19th
Sweet Potato and Red Bean Chili- Week of September 26th
Long Island Farm to Preschool's mission is to increase access to fresh fruits and vegetables for parents/caregivers, staff, and the surrounding communities of child care centers on Long Island. Long Island Farm to Preschool is part of the SNAP-Ed funded childhood obesity prevention initiative Eat Well Play Hard in Child Care Centers and is administered by the NYS Department of Health, Child and Adult Care Food Program.
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Farm to Preschool Season 3 Photos
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