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Farm to Child Care - Providers Choice

Farm to Child Care

More and more providers are making an effort to buy local. But sometimes that means you've got more mustard greens than you know what to do with! We're here to help. The menus below were developed to help you make good use of the local, seasonal vegetables available in Minnesota.

Week One

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Local Vegetables Used:
  • Mixed Greens
  • Spinach
  • Kale
  • Arugula
  • Rhubarb
  • Radishes

Week Two

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Local Vegetables Used:
  • Scallions
  • Romaine lettuce
  • Radishes
  • Rhubarb
  • Swiss Chard
  • Sugar Snap Peas

Week Three

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Local Vegetables Used:
  • Strawberries
  • Peapods
  • Rhubarb
  • Broccoli
  • Chard
  • Romaine
  • Arugula
  • Baby Butterhead Lettuce
  • Spinach
  • Kale
  • Garden Salad Blend

Week Four

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Local Vegetables Used:
  • Romaine Lettuce
  • Rainbow Chard
  • Broccoli
  • Kale
  • Strawberries
  • Peas

Week Five

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Local Vegetables Used:
  • Baby Bok Choy
  • Dill
  • Cilantro
  • Romaine - several varieties
  • Mustard greens
  • Raspberries
  • Broccoli florets

Week Six

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Local Vegetables Used:
  • Green Beans
  • Romaine Lettuce
  • Butterhead Lettuce
  • Raspberries
  • Green Zucchini Squash
  • Pickling Cucumbers
  • Bell Peppers
  • Broccoli
  • Green Cabbage

Week Seven

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Local Vegetables Used:
  • Raspberries
  • Zucchini
  • Broccoli
  • Purple, yellow, and green beans
  • Cucumbers
  • Peppers
  • Lettuce

Week Eight

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Local Vegetables Used:
  • Potatoes
  • Green, yellow and purple Beans
  • Cucumbers
  • Zucchini
  • Lettuce
  • Peas
  • Bell Peppers

Week Nine

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Local Vegetables Used:
  • Cucumbers
  • Zucchini
  • Assorted Beans
  • Onion
  • Green peppers
  • Cabbage
  • Romaine and red leaf Lettuce
  • Assorted peppers

Week Ten

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Local Vegetables Used:
  • Arugula
  • Romaine
  • Zucchini
  • Cucumbers
  • Bell peppers
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Peapods
  • Cabbage

Week Eleven

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Local Vegetables Used:
  • Cucumbers
  • Zucchini
  • Dill
  • Mesclun Mix
  • Tomatoes
  • Green Bell Pepper

Week Twelve

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Local Vegetables Used:
  • Arugula
  • Mustard greens
  • Cabbage
  • Heirloom tomatoes
  • Peppers
  • Cucumbers

Week Thirteen

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Local Vegetables Used:
  • Bok choy
  • Mustard greens
  • Bell peppers
  • Cantaloupe
  • Tomatoes
  • Cucumbers
  • Broccoli
  • Carrots
  • Butternut squash

Week Fourteen

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Local Vegetables Used:
  • Watermelon
  • Red Potatoes
  • Onions
  • Bell Peppers
  • Yellow Squash
  • Broccoli
  • Mustard Greens
  • Cucumbers

Week Fifteen

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Local Vegetables Used:
  • Eggplant
  • Mesclun mix
  • Romaine lettuce
  • Watermelon
  • Onions
  • Red and yellow tomatoes
  • Zucchini
  • Cucumbers
  • Broccoli
  • Assorted peppers

Week Sixteen

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Local Vegetables Used:
  • Yellow Summer Squash
  • Grape tomatoes
  • Eggplant
  • Bell peppers
  • Watermelon
  • Broccoli
  • Tomatoes

Week Seventeen

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Local Vegetables Used:
  • Pumpkin
  • Butternut Squash
  • Potatoes
  • Acorn Squash
  • Tomatoes
  • Cucumbers

Week Eighteen

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Local Vegetables Used:
  • Spinach
  • Cabbage
  • Acorn squash
  • Butternut squash
  • Cucumbers
  • Pumpkin
  • Potatoes
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Heirloom Tomatoes

The Farm to Child Care Menus were developed in collaboration with Renewing the Countryside with funding from the Cargill Foundation.