Program brings local produce to Wash. district

Haverst of the Month program features different local produce each month.

April 30—Whatcom County (Wash.) children can now feast on locally grown kale, apples and blueberries in their school lunches, thanks to an effort called Harvest of the Month that expanded to all of the county's public school districts this school year.

The idea is to introduce an item that can be grown in Whatcom County in one school lunch each month, primarily at the elementary school level. The goal is to be as seasonal as possible so families can find the featured items in stores or at farmers' markets.

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