Taste Washington Day

School children across the state will enjoy the state’s harvests as Governor Jay Inslee has declared October 1 as Taste Washington Day.  The Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) and the Wshington School Nutrition Association (WSNA) will partner with farmers and schools to feature food grown within the state in cafeteria meals.

Inslee believes the partnership will encourage eating nutritious agricultural products and celebrate the state’s farmers and ranchers, who produce almost $10 billion in products every year.  The Taste of Washington Day began in 2010 with at least 60 school districts participating since then.  Many districts use the opportunity to test farm to school programs that utilize local foods as regular parts of the school menus.  

The special day has been a favorite across the community.  Many school specialists say the children are willing to try new food when presented in a fun and unique way.  Some schools have seen fresh salad bars and special samples draw students in.