Fresh apples from local farmers found their way to more Fayetteville kids today. During the month of October, a few schools in the Fayetteville Public School District will celebrate National Farm to School Month with apple tastings from a local farm called A & A Orchards of Berryville. After the tastings, the students will vote for their favorite in hopes to influence which apples will be offered in the cafeteria when in season.
"After the first taste test, I was impressed by the students' enthusiasm and ability to describe what they were tasting," says Kelsie Shearrer, a dietitian serving the Fayetteville Public Schools through a nonprofit called FoodCorps. "This year, with the help of our new Child Nutrition Director, Morgan Stout, and our Farm-to-School Consultant, Ally Mrachek, we are sourcing local apples for all cafeterias."
Taste tests are a fun way for students to try new foods, gain appreciation for local produce and learn how apples are grown. Students will also hear about Northwest Arkansas' rich apple history.
Apple tastings will be held at the following schools:
- Oct. 9, Owl Creek School: 10:45am-1:15pm
- Oct. 10, Holt Middle School: 9:00am-2:45pm
- Oct. 11, Washington Elementary: 8:30am-11:00am
- Oct. 15, Vandergriff Elementary: 8:30am-11:00am
- Oct. 16, Leverett Elementary: 8:30am-11:00am
- Oct. 21, McNair Middle School (to be determined)
- Oct. 28, Happy Hollow Elementary: 8:30am-11:00am
- Oct. 30, Root Elementary: 8:30am-11:00am