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!
Step 1: Take the Challenge participation pledge.
Important note: The Challenge participation pledge should be completed by the CE, not an individual school campus.
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
Step 5 (optional): Send a success story about your participation and photos (if available) to FarmFresh@TexasAgriculture.gov
Complete the Challenge: Eat Local. Teach Local. Be Social.
Best of the Bunch
What to Serve: 3 or more Texas Foods representing 3 unique meal components.
How Often: A minimum of once a week each week of the challenge.
What to Serve: 3 or more Texas Foods representing 3 different meal components.
How Often: Throughout the challenge period.
Host at least one educational opportunity during each full week of the challenge.
Share at least one social media post on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter
using #FarmFreshTexas or #FarmFreshChallenge.