Garden State on Your Plate

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The Princeton Packet wrote a piece about NJDA Secretary Doug Fisher’s visit to Community Park School in celebration of Garden State on Your Plate. On the day of the visit, our program featured broccoli leaves grown by Farmer Jess Niederer of Chickadee Creek Farm and Princeton University chefs. For more information on how Garden State on Your Plate began, click here.

From left, NJDA Secretary Doug Fisher; Rose Tricario, director of NJDA Division of Food and Nutrition; Princeton Mayor and PPS parent Liz Lempert; and a student with a sample portion of broccoli leaf slaw.

From left, NJDA Secretary Doug Fisher; Rose Tricario, director of NJDA Division of Food and Nutrition; Princeton Mayor and PPS parent Liz Lempert; and a student with a sample portion of broccoli leaf slaw.

Chickadee Creek Farm Broccoli Leaf Slaw.

Chickadee Creek Farm Broccoli Leaf Slaw.

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From left, Smitha Haneef, PPS parent and executive director of PU Campus Dining; Erin Metro, PU Community and Regional Affairs, funder of Garden State on Your Plate program for SY 2014 and SY 2015; Steve Cochrane, PPS superintendent and PU alum; NJDA Secretary Doug Fisher.

Broccoli leaves from Chickadee Creek Farm and Farmer Jess Niederer were stars alongside NJDA Secretary Doug Fisher at our Garden State on Your Plate event at Community Park Elementary School in early October.

Broccoli leaves from Chickadee Creek Farm and Farmer Jess Niederer were stars alongside NJDA Secretary Doug Fisher at our Garden State on Your Plate event at Community Park Elementary School in early October.

Chef Dan Slobodien of Princeton University's Campus Dining Services.

Chef Dan Slobodien of Princeton University’s Campus Dining Services.

#GSOYP: Download our posters!

September 17, 2015

We’re ramping up for another season of Garden State on Your Plate, thanks a second consecutive year of generous funding from the Office of Community and Regional Affairs at Princeton University.

For those new to our site and and our work, Garden State on Your Plate brings chefs and farmers into school cafeterias at lunchtime, where they serve up small portions of simple recipes featuring local and seasonal fruits and vegetables. The students are encouraged to cast aside their likes and dislikes and become scientists, tasting and testing to note differences in color, texture and temperature, and in various preparations: raw, boiled, steamed, roasted, or with other ingredients, or with lemon or salt.

For a virtual taste of foods devoured by Princeton Public School District elementary students last year, click to download the posters below. We produce these posters (perfect for celebrating NJ Farm to School Week) to encourage students to explore the sensory aspects of produce and for use in the science, art, and language classes. (We give each school 30 posters prior to each lunchtime sampling.)

Our program begins in October, with chefs from Princeton University Campus Dining serving up organic broccoli leaves from Chickadee Creek Farm. In November Chef Joseph Voller of Eno Terra and Chef Terry Strong of Mediterra will serve up beets from Canal Farm.

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