· Broome & Tioga Counties – As part of the new "Rock-On Café" project, 16 school districts will be purchasing and promoting the consumption of New York grown fruits and vegetables, including sliced apples, baby carrots and pears. The project is being done in coordination with the "Give Me 5" program of the Broome County Health Department. Contact: Ray Denniston 607-763-1216.
In addition, SUNY Binghamton will have a display/showcase of New York State apples at five locations on their campus.
· Chautauqua County – Forestville Central Schools are celebrating with a roast pork dinner. Community members will help peel and slice locally grown apples for apple crisp, and local apple farmers will deliver apples to the elementary and high schools for lunches that week. Contact: Karen Kozlowski 716-965-2711
· Columbia County – Taconic Hills Central School cafeteria lines will be decorated in a farm and apple theme. Workers will be dressed as farmers and local apples and pears will be free with any cafeteria purchase. Columbia County Cooperative Extension will also bring a local fruit farmer and a nutritionist to visit with K-6 students during lunch. Contact: Carol Curtis 518-325-0310
· Genesee County – LeRoy Central Schools will be featuring New York foods on the school lunch menu. Contact: Laurie Locke 585-768-5509
· New York City – The Cookshop Program has produced a New York Harvest Activity Kit that includes 11 school-based community activities including: making applesauce in the classroom, writing a letter to a farmer, tasting New York farm market products and visiting a local grocery store to find New York produce. The kits will be distributed to all participating CookShop Classrooms in New York City. Contact: Hadley Friedman 212-894-8094 x 1571
The New York Chapter of the American Institute of Wine and Food, and Spoons Across America will sponsor the 13th Annual Days of Taste in 23 New York City fourth and fifth grade elementary classes. Days of Taste is a guided exploration of tastes from farm to classroom to table, including trips to farmers' markets and visits with farmers. Contact: Julia Jordan 718-260-5345
The Block Institute will host a Harvest Festival with a live petting zoo, pumpkin decorating contest, agriculture booths, an exhibit from the school's gardens, a New York themed lunch, class-made New York shaped cookies, a visit from an upstate farmer, and other activities. Contact: Todd Adelman 718-946-9700 x 217
· Niagara County – Cooperative Extension will celebrate at the North Tonawanda Farmers’ Market and Niagara Wheatfield Central Schools, offering puzzles and coloring books on New York agriculture, as well as hula hoop and jump roping contests, and fruit and vegetable samplings. Contact: Kathryn Streeter 716-433-8839 x242
Wilson Central Schools will promote New York milk and fresh produce at lunch and will encourage families to visit farmers’ markets. They will also feature homemade New York caramel apples, decorating New York munchkin pumpkins and a nutrition lesson with a taste test of New York products. Contact: Donna Kurial 716-751-9341
· Ontario County – The Canandaigua City Primary and Elementary Schools will visit the Canandaigua Farmers’ Market with produce and other local food items for students, as well as a display of farm equipment, farm animals, food system activities for teachers, along with tastings and nutrition information. October 2. Special events and New York menus will also be occurring at the Bloomfield, Geneva, and Victor School Districts. Contact: Canandaigua-Sharon Bogue 585-396-3739. Bloomfield- Todd Fowler 585-657-6121, Geneva-JoEllen Martino 315-781-4132, Victor-Janet Elman 585-924-3252
· Oswego County – Hannibal Central School District has organized a variety of activities and events for its students. Contact: Debbie Richardson 315-564-7900
· Saratoga County – Lake Avenue Elementary will highlight local produce and agricultural information on their menu, hold a taste test of New York apple varieties, and will be visiting a farmers’ market. At the middle and high schools, there will be a nutrition game show and recipe contests using local produce. Contact: Margaret Lamb 518-693-1456
· Tompkins County – Tompkins County Cooperative Extension hosts a Fall Harvest Festival for Kids at the P&C Supermarket in Ithaca with local food samples, harvest-themed activities like pumpkin painting, seed mosaics and butter making. October 8. Contact: Debbie Teeter 607-272-2292
· Washington County – Hudson Falls Central Schools celebrates with local products on the cafeteria menu, a Harvest Celebration at the Kindergarten Center and New York food stations and information on New York agriculture school-wide. Contact: Jane Pepin 518-747-2121
· Yates County – Penn Yan Central Schools will feature local products on its cafeteria menu and a local farmer will visit during the school’s Open House with samplings of New York products. Contact: Dana Burton 315-536-6781