Recipe for Success in Overtown

An opportunity to make school cafeteria food healthier sprouts in Overtown .

Yesterday we invited our Chefs Move to Schools students from neighboring Phillis Wheatley Elementary School to the fall season opener of Roots in the City Farmers Market in Overtown.  They took a tour of what’s growing at the urban farm like eggplant, peanuts, and mustard greens, and also had an opportunity to serve from the Michael’s Genuine food cart their entry into the USDA’s Recipe for Healthy Kids Challenge.

Miami-Dade Public Schools Department of Food & Nutrition administrators Penny Parham, Carol Chong, and Susan Rothstein came by the market to taste it and were so impressed with fourth grader Gerald Johnson Jr.’s Grilled Rosemary Chicken & Chopped Garden Vegetable Salad, the recipe he co-developed with chef Michael, that they’re going to try to place on cafeteria menus system-wide.  Carol and Susan were also able to set up a Monday meeting with Margie Pikarsky of Bee Heaven Farm, Teena Borek of Teena’s Pride Farm, and others to discuss ways to expand the sourcing of Homestead produce into school cafeteria lunch programs.

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