This fall, Dover-Eyota Public Schools Food took an urgent call from a local farmer with bumper crop of tomatoes. One week later, the Food and Nutrition team welcomed 500 pounds of ripe tomatoes into the kitchen and got busy washing, stewing and processing batches of fresh, homemade marinara sauce to freeze for use throughout the school year. In the end, the homemade sauce was more expensive than canned marinara, but the project was a great team-building experience for the kitchen crew and students are already enjoying homemade whole wheat pasta dishes.
Dover-Eyota has a vibrant farm to school program. The district started purchasing local apples in 2007 and has been adding new locally-sourced foods to the menu every year since then. Students are now dining on local grown cucumbers, zucchini and cabbage, and the menus have even included local raised turkey, beef and buffalo.