Farm Fresh Challenge Resources for Nutrition Directors

We’ve created the following helpful resources to make participating in the Farm Fresh Challenge easy and fun. Whether you’re looking for guidance on how to source and serve more local Texas products, or for ideas about activities to engage children in garden-based learning, you’re sure to find what you need below.

Procurement Tools
Texas Farm Fresh Network

The searchable Farm Fresh Network helps you find Texas farmers, ranchers, and distributors interested in selling their local products to schools, child care centers, adult care centers and Summer Meal Programs.

Other tools to help you find and buy local foods can be on the local procurement page.

Eat Local Resources

Cooking for the Seasons                                 

These recipes help menu planners meet the meal patters for the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), School Breakfast Program (SBP), Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), and the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP). The standardized quantity recipes are written to help you serve healthy, seasonally focused meals that will appeal to children. All of the recipes have been tested up to 25 servings.

Click for the Cooking for the Seasons Cookbook

Multicultural Recipes for Child Care Centers, Family Day Homes & Adult Daycare Centers

This cookbook contains recipes featuring foods that reflect the cultural diversity of the Lone Star State. Children and adults have tested and approved these delicious and healthy recipes. Look for the Texas icon for foods grown in Texas. 

Sample Menus from Best of the Bunch Winners in 2017
Bryan ISD - Elementary Menu
Lake Travis ISD

Harvest of the Month 

These materials spotlight fruits and vegetables grown in Texas and are designed to be displayed in a K-12 setting. Visit  for resources for early learners too!

Teach Local Resources
Let's Get Growing

Connect kids to Texas Agriculture and introduce them to new foods through garden-based learning. Download TDA’s four-part resource to help you plan, grown, harvest and connect with a sustainable garden. 

  • Plan: provides steps for developing educational gardens that can be sustained through changes in staff and participation. 
  • Grow: highlights current industry research and recommendations for ensuring participants’ safety in the garden
  • Harvest: offers a guide to promoting coordination and cooperation to ensure the safe production of fruits and vegetables
  • Connect: helps develop communication plans to ensure families and community members are aware of educational garden opportunities. 

Click on the covers for more information. 



For more information on the Let’s Get Growing series visit the Garden-Based Learning page.

Be Social Resources
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Additional Resources

Click here to access valuable educational materials for teaching students and young children about agriculture and nutrition. These educational materials are organized by program type. Choose a curriculum that is tailored to serve participants all year round or pick from many one day activities for a special event.

Click the icon above to download stickers, buttons, banner, bookmarks and static clings


Assistance available in English and Spanish. Please call 877-TEX-MEAL (877-839-6325) for help.

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