Minneapolis Public Schools 8th Annual Farm-to-School Community BBQ celebrates local food

June 5, 2021

Governor Tim Walz will be attending the BBQ on Tuesday which promises to be an evening of great food, local farmers and free family fun! This annual community event demonstrates the Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) commitment to helping small to medium-sized farmers serve fresh and locally grown food in our canteens and teaching our students and families the importance of local food, agriculture, wellness, and nutrition. The BBQ takes place in the parking lot of the MPS Culinary Center, right in front of a large garden that has been converted into an outdoor classroom.

Meet the farmers who grow the district’s food and learn about the real food served in MPS schools. Dinner – served by farmers and chefs – features farm-to-school produce, local meats and groceries, and multiple recipes developed by the district’s True Food Chef Council and the annual Jr. Iron Chef competition.

The event features vegetarian car races, live beehive viewing, bike blender smoothies, and its own herb gardens. And the evening gets hot at 6 p.m. when special guests, including MDA Assistant Commissioner Patrice Bailey and Senator Bobby Jo Champion, team up with students in a high-profile corn husking competition! The teams will compete against each other to see who can peel the most corn from Untiedt’s vegetable farm.

WHAT: 8th annual Farm to School Community BBQ

WHEN: Tuesday, September 17th, 4:30 pm-7:00pm. Corn husking competition at 6:00 p.m.

Background: The Minneapolis Public Schools Farm-to-School program is a national model for providing local, sustainable food at school lunches. The program is a win-win situation for local farmers who can count on a market for their products and children who enjoy the fresh food. Through innovative contracts, MPS Culinary & Wellness Services works directly with local farmers to buy more than 40 types of vegetables and fruits for school lunches. Last school year, MPS Culinary & Wellness Services purchased over £ 190,000 of local produce in addition to local meat, dairy and other foods.

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