Monthly Archives: October 2012
|October 24, 2012||Posted by Melissa under Cooking, Healthy Eating, Recipes, Seafood|
Florida stone crab season is here! The season began October 15 and goes until the middle of May. Some of the most popular ways to eat the sweet claw meat are with butter or a classic mustard sauce. However, this recipe sounded so yummy, that it is worth mentioning. Plus, it showcases several Florida products. Mango Marinated Stone Crab […] continue reading
|October 23, 2012||Posted by Guest under Cooking, Produce, Recipes|
Guest post by Gretchen Schmidt of Edible South Florida These round or spindle-shaped orange-yellow fruits may turn up in your farmers market as a vivid novelty, tasting like a dense, less-moist cooked sweet potato or pumpkin. The canistel (Pouteria campechiana), a member of the Sapotaceae family, has a few shiny, hard freestone seeds, a thin […] continue reading
|October 22, 2012||Posted by Erica under Agriculture, Kids|
The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services was fortunate to host the 2012-2013 Florida FFA State Officer team for a weeklong internship in September. During the experience, the 8 student officers had the opportunity to visit with many different divisions and offices to learn more about the importance of the department. Their week included […] continue reading
|October 18, 2012||Posted by Arlette under Agriculture, Kids|
By Arlette Roberge and Kelly Mosley When you open the news clip from Jacksonville’s WJXT Channel 4 News you will be greeted with enthusiastic shouts and applause from players and fans rooting for Oakleaf High’s football team, The Knights. But even if you are not a football fan, stick around for a few minutes and […] continue reading
|October 17, 2012||Posted by Kristopher under Farms, Wine|
As I traveled down an unfamiliar road in Jefferson County, I began to get excited. After all, this was my first trip to a real vineyard, and it was a Florida vineyard at that. As I pulled into the 50 acre farm, I was greeted by three black and white collies. Followed behind them was […] continue reading
|October 17, 2012||Posted by Kristopher under Wine|
So I found a couple of wine bottles and decided to make a little project out of it. This is a great idea for any old Fresh From Florida wine bottles that you have lying around. It’s a quick, simple way to reuse the old bottles without just tossing them out. As you can see […] continue reading
|October 15, 2012||Posted by Fresh from Florida under Agriculture, Events, Kids, Nutrition|
Each year, more than 1.6 million school lunches are served throughout Florida via the National School Lunch Program administered by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ Division of Food, Nutrition and Wellness. In recognition of the positive changes Florida has made to its school lunch program, school districts from across the state will […] continue reading
Each year, more than 1.6 million school lunches are served throughout Florida via the National School Lunch Program administered by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ Division of Food, Nutrition and Wellness. In recognition of the positive changes Florida has made to its school lunch program, school districts from across the state will celebrate National School Lunch Week from October 15th-19th.
“National School Lunch Week allows Florida schools to highlight healthy foods, positive changes, and the local produce schools have incorporated into their menus,” said Adam Putnam. “The Department looks forward to showcasing our school nutrition accomplishments and continuing to educate the community on the importance of a nutritious school lunch.”
The 2012 theme, “School Lunch – What’s Cooking?” will include events and activities that promote the benefits of healthy school lunches.
The campaign goals are to:
- Provide schools with opportunities to promote achievements in schools, districts, and communities;
- Promote the message that school lunch in Florida is healthy and fresh; and
- Garner increased awareness of the importance of school meals and the role of school nutrition professionals in the community.
On October 15 as part of a kickoff event, Commissioner Putnam visited Forsyth Woods Elementary School in Orlando. The Commissioner was joined by Chef Scott Seddon of Pero Family Farms and prepared roasted eggplant “meatballs” for students to taste. Eggplant is the harvest fresh vegetable of the week and will be seen on school lunch trays throughout the state.
In keeping with the “School Lunch – What’s Cooking” theme, the Department has partnered with Share our Strength to compile a group of our state’s best chefs to create recipes for Florida’s schools. The recipes utilize produce from our “Featured Produce” list and can be used in school cafeterias. The link to the Featured Produce of the Week List can be found at: http://www.freshforfloridakids.com/Sponsors/Promotions/FarmtoSchoolMonth.aspx.
Federal nutrition standards for school lunch ensure students are offered both fruits and vegetables every day of the week; substantially increase offerings of whole grain-rich foods; offer only fat-free or low-fat milk varieties; limiting calories based on the age of children to ensure proper portion size; and increasing the focus on reducing the amounts of saturated fat, trans fats and sodium.
For more information about food and nutrition in Florida schools, please visit: www.FreshforFloridaKids.com.
For more information about the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, visit www.FreshFromFlorida.com.