“You know you can eat those, right?” Michael quipped, referring to the edible centerpieces from Teena’s Pride Farm decorating Riverside Elementary’s cafeteria tables yesterday. The room erupted in excitement, as 120 fifth graders tried whole, raw baby patty pan squashes, chives, sungold and colorful grape tomatoes, basil, flat leaf parsley, cucumber, whole heirloom tomatoes, and bell peppers while they patiently waited their turn to join Michael and chef Michelle Bernstein for a lesson in how to build a tasty healthy salad from their brand new salad bar.
First Lady Michelle Obama, radiant in a tangerine pant suit, lovingly addressed the wide-eyed bunch to announce that they were the first school in the country to get one; 6,000 units will be donated to school cafeterias across the country as part of the Salad Bars Move to Schools program. Mrs. Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative fights childhood obesity, and includes efforts like this that promote increased availability of fresh fruits and vegetables in school meals, school gardens, and community partnerships.