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! 

 

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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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The education program has also grown this season, with each participating child care center receiving two lessons for all of their Pre-K students. Our Farm to Preschool nutritionist is teaching the children about the life cycle of a seed and the parts of a plant through fun, hands-on activities that always conclude with a fruit and vegetable tasting.The education program has also grown this season, with each participating child care center receiving two lessons for all of their Pre-K students. Our Farm to Preschool nutritionist is teaching the children about the life cycle of a seed and the parts of a plant through fun, hands-on activities that always conclude with a fruit and vegetable tasting.Planting in the garden at Anna House.
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