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SHS Local Foods Day

SHS Local Foods Day

by: Stephanie Langner

On Friday December 17 SHS students sampled some new foods at lunch time as part of Local Foods Day. The event was sponsored by a grant through Team Nutrition Iowa and the Iowa Department of Education. Grant money was awarded to students in Stephanie Langner’s Culinary Arts class as part of the Choose Iowa Student Culinary Competition in spring 2021, which promoted the use of local foods in recipes developed for school lunch programs. The team of Taylor Lattin, Tori McFarland, and Bentley Palmer was among the top 12 entries in the state of Iowa for their Super Potstickers recipe submission.

Local foods are defined as food that is less than 400 miles from the origin of the product, or within the state in which the product is produced. Iowa is a leading producer of pork, corn, eggs, beef and soybeans. In addition, a wide variety of other fruits, vegetables and protein products are produced and marketed in a variety of methods for local consumers. 

On local foods day, students could sample one or all of the offerings that included Super Potstickers (local food: pork), Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffins (local food: pumpkin), and Honey Cinnamon Dip with apples (local foods: honey and apples). Recipes were prepared by current Culinary Arts class students. In addition to the samples, students could also register for a chance at a t-shirt provided by the Choose Iowa grant, and pick up recipes to prepare the samples themselves. 

(photo from left to right Mrs. Langner, Kyleigh Shaw and Cadence Gough)