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CKC embraces farm-to-school

Monday, October 2nd, 2017

CKC Good Food has made great strides increasing the amount of locally sourced products in the past several years. In as much as the Minnesota growing climate allows, we source lettuces, onions, broccoli, cucumbers, green peppers, tomatoes, apples, carrots, zucchini, squash, potatoes, etc., from producers within 200 miles, including the Hmong American Farmers Association.

We have a close relationship with the Hmong American Farmers Association, a major supplier for our farm-to-preschool efforts for CAP of Ramsey and Washington Counties Headstart. HAFA contacts us each spring prior to vegetable planting to determine the produce to be planted and incorporated into our menus later in the year. We often create new recipes and meals to use this produce in both raw and cooked form.

We also work with our mainline distributor, Upper Lakes Foods, and specialty distributors such as H. Brooks Produce to buy from local producers such as Sponsel’s Orchard in Jordan, Pahl’s Market in Apple Valley, Axdahl’s Garden Farm and Greenhouse in the St. Croix Valley, Fruit Acres in La Crescent, Minnesota, and more. 

 


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