Farm Fresh Challenge
Participating in the Challenge is Easy

Participating in the Farm Fresh Challenge is easier than you may think, as some of the foods you already serve could be Texas products. Distributors for milk and fresh produce commonly source those items locally. If your milk, produce or other items come from Texas, that means you are already meeting some of the Challenge requirements!

Follow these simple steps to participate in the Farm Fresh Challenge and receive TDA recognition!

The 2023 Farm Fresh Challenge runs from October 1-31.

Step 1: Take the Challenge participation pledge.

Important note: Both NSLP and CACFP CEs are invited to pledge for the 2023 October Farm Fresh Challenge. The Challenge participation pledge should be completed by the CE, not an individual school campus or CACFP site.

Step 2: Plan your menu and educational activities.

Step 3: Choose your participation tier listed below – either Best of the Bunch or Prime Participant. Then complete challenge parameters from each category.

Step 4: Submit your participation attestation form. The attestation form will be available in October.

Step 5 (optional): Send a success story about your participation and photos (if available) to

Complete the Challenge: Eat Local. Teach Local. Be Social.

TDA Recognition
By completing the challenge parameters and submitting the participation attestation form, you will receive TDA recognition:

TDA Recognition for the Farm Fresh Challenge

Fall 2022 Farm Fresh Challenge Awardees
(Browse Records/Search Using "Are Equal To" Setting in Dropdown Choices)
Contracting Entity NameESC RegionRecognition Level
Round Rock ISD13Prime Participant
Petrolia ISD9Prime Participant
Teague ISD12Prime Participant
Crosby ISD4Best of the Bunch
McAllen ISD1Prime Participant
Jefferson ISD8Prime Participant
Gregory-Portland ISD2Prime Participant
Sinton ISD2Prime Participant
La Vega ISD12Prime Participant
Terrell County ISD18Prime Participant
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