School lunch programs in our state use Washington crops to provide healthy meals for students.

The WSDA Farm to School program provides recipes calculated to serve hundreds using local fresh foods. School cafeterias across the state prepare nutritious meals from ingredients grown by Washington farmers.

Pop quiz! How much of your school lunch was grown in Washington? Click here.

Back-to-school snacks grown in Washington

Recipe and photo courtesy of Washington State Apple Commission

Drink grape juice!

The Yakima Valley produces most of the juice grapes in the country. The Concord grape, from which grape juice is usually made, originated in Concord, Mass. But the long growing days, dry weather and good soil all combine to make this region of Washington State able to out-compete the juice grape producers of New England.

One cord of wood will produce 942 hardcover textbooks of 100 pages each or 2000 pieces of paper!

Thousands of people work in Washington pulp and paper mills making paper products found in schools. Everything from specialty paper, to paper towels to boxes and packaging is manufactured here. Washington forests, sawmill waste and recycled newspapers are all sources for these products.

Washington crops that feed your brain

Green leafy vegetables, like spinach from Western Washington provide vitamin E that may help memory.

Potatoes contain iron which blood cells use to carry oxygen to the brain.

Folic acid from  lentils grown in the Palouse may keep you alert.

Vitamins found in cranberries from Washington's coast  may improve mood.

Beef  raised on Washington ranches provides vitamin B12 necessary for brain health.

Whole wheat grown near Ritzville provides magnesium for brain protection. 

Washington grown snacks to pack off to college

Photo and recipe courtesy Washington State Apple Commission

Enjoy Washington-grown fruit after school.

Schools celebrate Taste Washington Day, Oct. 7

Washington Ag in the Classroom is a school based program aimed at increasing agricultural literacy in K-12 classes. Curriculum and other resources are available for educators through their website.