The Garden State celebrated its farm to school week in late September by visiting a New Jersey grade school.

New Jersey Fresh week helps promote local produceTo help schools learn more about local agriculture, the New Jersey Department of Agriculture’s Division of Food and Nutrition director visited Lounsberry Hollow School in Vernon, N.J., on Sept. 24.

Rose Tricario of the division celebrated the third yearly Jersey Fresh farm to school week at the visit which featured a program by Nicole Anderson of Anderson Farms in Branchville, N.J.

Anderson discussed crop production and school chefs prepared squash dishes for the fifth and sixth grade students to sample during their lunch period.

The Sept. 23-27 events try to connect schools with New Jersey farmers to buy local produce for school meals, according to a news release.

New Jersey Fresh week helps promote local produceBy allowing them to grow it themselves in their school gardens, the activities also teach children where their food originates.

“Farm to School Week encourages schools to serve healthy, local produce to their students,” Tricario said in the release. “Hearing firsthand about where that produce comes from went a long way to helping the students at Lounsberry Hollow make better food choices.”