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We believe that all children of the Boulder Valley School District will have daily access to fresh flavorful and nutritious food made with wholesome and when possible, local ingredients, so that every child may thrive.

RADISHES AND STRAWBERRIES

UPCOMING EVENTS

BVSD Plant Sale is May 10, 11, 17 & 18

May is National Strawberry Month and National Salsa Month.
• May 12-18 is Food Allergy Awareness Week
• May 12 - Mother's Day
• May 23 - Last Day of School
• May 27 - Memorial Day

RECIPE OF THE MONTH

Strawberry Salsa
1 lb. Strawberries, washed (preferably organic)
½ Tbsp. Jalapenos (adjust to taste)
1 tsp. Salt
⅙ bunch of Fresh Cilantro
3½ Tbsp. Lime Juice
¾ cup Red Onion
...click for the complete recipe
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Fourth Annual BVSD Plant & Seed Sale

May 10th (10am-6pm) and 11th (8am-3pm)
May 17th (10am-6pm) and 18th (8am-3pm)
Arapahoe Ridge Greenhouse (6600 E. Arapahoe Rd., Boulder, CO 80303)

Fruits and vegetables
Culinary and medicinal herbs
Ornamental native flowers and grasses
Annual and perennial flowers

100% of proceeds support nutrition education and farm to school programming for BVSD’s 31,000 students.

With more than 12,000 plants, you can take home your garden staples and try something new. Heirloom and greenhouse varieties, too. All plants are bee friendly and were organically grown with help from BVSD staff, students and community members. The 2019 Plant Sale is presented by the BVSD School Food Project, with generous support from the Colorado Garden Foundation, and donations from Lake Valley Seeds and McGuckin Hardware.

BVSD employees, present your ID badge at checkout for an employee discount. Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Discover, check and cash accepted. Staff will be there to answer questions you have about planting, watering and harvesting.

Click here for a downloadable flyer (also in Spanish) and this year's plant list.
We hope to see you there!

Harvests of the Month

GET 'EM BEFORE THEY'RE GONE!

Radishes
Radishes are a great low calorie snack, one cup of sliced radishes contains only 19 calories. Radishes are members of the Brassicaceae family and are related to kale, broccoli, cauliflower, and horseradish.

Did you know...? Because radishes grow rapidly, they are ideal for children’s gardens. The scientific name for for the genus that includes radishes is Raphanus, Greek for quickly appearing.

Strawberries
Spring has sprung in Colorado, which means farmers markets are opening back up for the season and we can look forward to fresh-from-the-farm produce. The first fruit to ripen each spring is strawberries and these delightful little morsels are a kid favorite - okay, they're everyone's favorite. Fun fact: Strawberries are the only fruit to wear their seeds on the outside, and there are about 200 seeds on the average strawberry.

Did you know...? Strawberries top the EWG's Dirty Dozen list. Conventionally grown strawberries are more likely to have pesticide residue, even after rinsing, due to their relatively porous exterior. That's why we will be serving organic strawberries in our cafeterias this spring. Organic strawberries are a bit more expensive, so we are offering them for one week only, but we think it is totally worth it for our BVSD kids!

Lunchroom Happenings

PUTTING THE FINAL TOUCHES ON NEXT YEAR'S MENU

Spring is the time of year when our chefs get to flex their culinary muscles. Each year, our managers get together to identify the latest and greatest food trends. We discuss ways to adapt popular food items for our menus, taking into account your responses from the menu survey. Then comes the fun part - recipe testing! And even better, tasting!

This year, our culinary team has been experimenting with a variety of new recipes based on your suggestions and what Boulder's favorite restaurants are having success with. We've since visited several cafeterias to give kids a chance to weigh in and let us know if we've earned a thumbs up or need to head back to the drawing board.

On one particular Monday, the School Food Project team took over the Columbine Elementary School kitchen to taste test a recipe created by Chef Hosea Rosenberg, owner of Boulder's Blackbelly and Santo restaurants and winner of Bravo's Top Chef, and Justin Gold, founder of Justin's Nut Butter. With a recipe originally created for the Chef Ann Foundation's #RealSchoolFood Challenge, Hosea and Justin didn't only provide the inspiration, they  also personally handed out samples of their Veggie Enchiladas to students. Although certainly a little starstruck, Columbine's students could easily agree that these Veggie Enchiladas tasted traditional and delicious, and are worth putting on our menu next year.

Here are some other dishes that we've been testing...
  • Buffalo Style Chicken Drumsticks
  • Meat Lovers Calzone
  • Chicken Gyro Wrap on Flatbread
  • Cajun Cheesy Chicken Sub
  • Coconut Chicken Strips
  • Veggie Chili Cheese Fries
  • Chicken Tinga Tacos (pictured)
  • Mozzarella Cheese Sticks with Marinara and Garlic Bread
  • Pork Carnitas Tacos
  • Thai Curry Chicken Bowl
  • Italian Grinder with Roasted Red Peppers and Mozzarella
  • Tipsy Noodles (2019 Iron Chef winning recipe)
Watch for our lunch menu calendar this summer to see which dishes made the cut!

Farm to School

TRANSFORMING THE GREENHOUSE INTO A MORE USABLE SPACE

Late last year, the School Food Project was named a recipient of a generous grant from the Colorado Garden Foundation. This funding has allowed us to replace our old greenhouse tables - with nails, staples and chicken wire sticking out - with new, lightweight fiberglass tables. Updating the greenhouse not only provides a nicer environment in which to grow plants for our schools and our Plant Sale, but it paves the way for our ultimate goal - to create a new space to host class field trips and indoor growing opportunities for schools who don't have thriving school garden programs.

This summer we plan to continue our renovation with updates to the effective but antiquated heating and cooling system. Some of the inner workings of our favorite winter paradise have lasted far longer than they were expected to, and we'd like to keep it that way!

We hope you'll stop to see what we've been up at the Plant Sale later this month.

Fact vs. Fiction

FICTION: THE ONLY POLLINATORS THAT MATTER ARE BEES.

Fact: Pollinators include butterflies, moths, beetles, wasps, ants, birds, bats, flies and even mosquitoes, in addition to bees. Pollinators as a group are vitally important to our food supply because the majority of the crops we eat use animal-mediated pollination. Yet pollinator populations are declining, making it ever more crucial to do all we can to protect pollinators. Here are some ideas for how you can support pollinators in your own yard...
  • Go pesticide free and avoid using seeds treated with neonics. Short for neonicotinoids, neonics have been shown to cause colony collapse disorder, and while banned in Europe, are still commonly used in seeds, plants and soils sold in the US. Grow pollinator-friendly flowers that bloom from spring to fall to provide food for winged friends.
  • Go native. Planting species that are native to our local area are the best ways to attract and support native bee populations.
  • Don’t swat! If you remain calm around bees, it is unlikely you'll get stung. Be a good role model to children. Check your own reaction and language around insects. Interact with bugs from a distance, take photos, learn to identify them. Talk about their importance in our everyday lives. 
For more information visit: https://bouldercolorado.gov/ipm/protecting-pollinators or get involved with the Boulder Pollinator Garden Project.

Nutrition Knowledge

HELPING KIDS RELATE TO EATING HEALTHY

As we move into the summer break months, kids have more and more opportunities to make food choices on their own. So how can we encourage them to make those choices healthy? We have to make the reasons for choosing wholesome food relatable to kids...
  • Want to beat your friend in chess? Eating well will help you be more alert and improve brain function.
  • Hoping to win a bike race? Consuming lean protein will help muscle performance.
  • Hoping to grow long, shiny hair? Taking in the right nutrients helps your body to create new cells and clean toxins from your system.
  • Got a big trip coming up? Eating healthy will help stave off colds that make traveling less fun.  
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Support the BVSD School Food Project
 
Using fresh, local ingredients, cooking from scratch and providing nutrition education in schools are all essential to our mission. We’ve learned from experience that visiting schools and engaging students directly has a profound effect on school lunch participation and ensuring students choose healthy food.

Please help us sustain and expand our programs by donating to BVSD's School Food Project.
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