New processing center brings more local produce to Washington schools

The processing center will provide carrot sticks, florets, shredded cabbage and chopped romaine for popular Caesar salads.

WHATCOM COUNTY, Wash.—The Caesar salads served up in some school cafeterias are about to cut their commute time, as a new processing center will allow more local produce to be served in schools.

Cloud Mountain Farm Center in Everson recently completed a new processing center, which will provide prepared local produce for the Bellingham and Nooksack Valley school districts and Western Washington University starting this fall.

The center had a test run Tuesday, June 3, using out-of-town produce that it processed for delivery the next day to the Bellingham School District.