Concord’s school cafeterias go local

Every cafeteria in the area will have produce, meat and ingredients from local agriculture.

Sept. 23—In Concord’s school cafeterias, gone are the days of unappealing vegetable mush and suspicious-looking hamburger meat that comes from who knows where. This year, school lunch is going local.

In every cafeteria across the district, students will eat meat from Miles Smith Farm in Loudon, tacos and salsa from Mitchell’s Fresh in Bow, and fresh fruits and veggies from Beans and Greens in Gilford, Meadow Ledge Farm in Loudon and Autumn View Farm in Pittsfield.

The reason for the change is simple: “The closer we get to the farm, the fresher the food is, the better it’s going to taste when you serve it,” said John Lash, the district’s new food service director and the brain behind the new program.

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