Below are a few resources that you can leverage to make completing the Farm Fresh Challenge a breeze for your program.
Sourcing Local Products
Find local Texas farmers, ranchers and distributors using our Farm Fresh Network.
Questions about how to buy local? Visit the Local Procurement page for additional resources.
Farm Fresh Cookbook
Make your menu fresh with the Cooking for the Seasons cookbook.
Farm Fresh Educational Activities
A Farm Fresh educational activity is any activity that educates participants about local food and agriculture. Activity examples include taste testing local products; field trips to a farm or farmers market; Meet the Farmer days; garden-based learning activities; or programming focused on local food and agriculture. You may use one of TDA’s Farm Fresh Friday celebration ideas and resources or create your own. Engage your participants in garden-based learning with these activity ideas.
Complete your Be Social parameter with the help of our Be Social Support tool. Click on the icon below.
Even more resources to support your participation in the Farm Fresh Challenge can be found on our RESOURCE PAGE.
Other Helpful Resources
Defining Local Decision Tool
The USDA authorizes entities participating in the NSLP to define local in a manner that best suits their needs and the needs of the population they serve. This tool will walk you through two questions to help you identify your entity’s definition of local.
Local Procurement Decision Tree
This USDA resource will help you identify the appropriate procurement method to use when buying local.