Letter: One community, under gourd

Photo by Trista Grigsby
Photo by Trista Grigsby

Here are a few photos from Local Foods Week, celebrated Nov. 12-16 at Rappahannock County Public Schools (and throughout Virginia), including one of cafeteria manager Crystal Jenkins and longtime cafeteria worker and bus driver Robin Frye, who helped celebrate local foods day in the proper spirit. Robin grew the gigantic butternut squash she’s holding, and brought in as a representation of some of the great local foods available now. The butternut squash on the menu for the schools’ Local Foods Day lunch Nov. 14 was actually grown by horticulture students, Farm-to-Table (F2T) summer interns and F2T coordinator Jen Rattigan at the new F2T garden at Blue Rock Inn, started earlier this year. Waterpenny Farm also sold the schools butternut at a wholesale price, as well as kale for the week’s event.

Photo by Trista Grigsby
Photo by Trista Grigsby

In the other photo, Local Food Day prep volunteers (from left) Chris Parrish, Beth Gall, Carolyn Thornton, Ben Stowe, Stan Reynolds, Kate Holcomb, Christina Natale, Katie Taylor, Davin Kines, Jen Rattigan, Casin Whitehead and Jerry Anne Kines (not pictured: Andrew Grigsby) made light work out of slicing three and a half bushels of winesap apples and roasting some of the 175 pounds of butternut squash that were served at both RCHS and RCES that day. More than a third of the volunteers pictured here are winding down their growing season as interns at Waterpenny Farm.

On the menu for the day were beef tacos with ground beef donated by Adams Custom Slaughter and scratch-made chicken noodle soup with chickens donated by Belle Meade Farm. Both schools had salad with ingredients grown and donated by the Farm at Sunnyside and the schools’ own Farm-to-Table Program, and with lettuce from Waterpenny Farm. Butternut squash was grown by Waterpenny and Farm-to-Table students and interns at the Blue Rock Inn F2T garden. The winesap apples were from Williams Orchard.

Thanks to all who helped make Local Foods Day possible, including Kenner Love at Cooperative Extension, coordinator Jen Rattigan of Headwaters’ Farm-to-Table Program and all the farmers of Rappahannock County.

Trista Grigsby
Director of Nutrition Services
Rappahannock County Public Schools

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