Wayzata Public Schools

Farm to School grant allows Wayzata Cafés to buy locally grown food

Farm to School grant allows Wayzata Cafés to buy locally grown food

 

Wayzata Public Schools has been named a recipient of a $185,000 Farm to School Full Tray/Second Helping Grant and AGRI Equipment Grant

The Farm to School grant from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture will be used to purchase locally grown food for all the district’s school sites. These funds will help Wayzata Cafés in its goal of serving more food made from scratch with whole ingredients in school kitchens, with an emphasis on using local vegetables, fruits, meats and grains. 

Each day, Wayzata Cafés serves nearly 9,000 student meals. Funding from the Farm to School grant will allow the district to buy directly from a variety of Minnesota farms and food producers including:

  • Fresh ground beef and carne asada from Swanson Meats

  • Turkey from Ferndale Market and pork roasts from Split Rock Meats

  • Tomatoes from Riverbend Farm to make fresh sauce

  • Local vegetables including delicata squash, corn on the cob, potatoes and greens

  • Oats from Whole Grain Milling and honey from Bolton Bees to make homemade granola 

  • Whole wheat pastry flour from Whole Grain Milling to make MN Muffins

  • Apples and pears from Breezy Hill Farm 

  • Cheese curds from Redhead Creamery

A portion of the grant will also be used to purchase a new blast chiller at the high school so Wayzata Cafés staff can safely freeze the sauce and taco meat they will make using locally grown fresh tomatoes and 100% local ground beef. 

Learn more about Wayzata Cafés here.