Tasting Tables

There’s no telling what kind of food students might be challenged to try during lunch!  Each month, the district’s Tasting Table program at Corvallis elementary schools (a joint effort of the Food Services department and the Corvallis Environmental Center) offers students a chance to try different produce raised by local farmers.

This month’s offering of frozen strawberries was a huge hit with students. Last month, it took a little more persuasion to get kids to taste three different varieties of winter squash, but those who tried it generally liked it! Students have also been introduced to delicious samples of tomatoes and apples this fall and will get to taste potatoes, pears, blueberries, asparagus and peas this coming spring.

Teachers also are given activity packets on each featured food and the farm where it was grown to use in their classroom to expand on the students’ experience in the lunchroom. The goal of the program is to encourage children to try and enjoy local, fresh, natural and nutritious foods.