Caroline County Public School students celebrated Farm to School Week by having a variety of fresh, locally produced items on the school lunch menu this week. Students had menu choices such as bison burgers, cantaloupe soup, watermelon gazpacho, local corn and tomatoes, sweet potatoes and vegetables for Maryland crab soup.
Students at Colonel Richardson Middle School had the added bonus of being able to sample lamb meatballs. The lamb used in the sweet and savory meatballs was raised by agriculture students from the Caroline Career and Technology Center. The meatballs were prepared by students at the Caroline Culinary Center. The meatballs contained the lamb, garlic salt, bread crumbs, egg, and salt. The sauce was onion, garlic, grapes, jalapeno peppers, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce and teriyaki sauce.
The Caroline County Food Service department purchased the 200 pounds of lamb and the 1400 pounds of pork raised by the CCTC agriculture students.
“Farm to School” is a term which strives to bring locally produced foods into school cafeterias; hands-on learning activities such as farm visits, producers visiting schools, school gardening, and culinary classes; and the integration of food-related education into the standards-based classroom curriculum. Farm to school includes of all types of producers and food businesses including farmers and waterman as well as food processors, manufacturers, and distributors.