Jersey Fresh A Mantra In School Cafeterias

Over the cafeteria’s loudspeaker, a produce salesman dressed in a rough approximation of a farmer’s outfit quizzed Cherry Hill elementary students on the fruits and vegetables grown in New Jersey.

Do we grow blueberries in New Jersey? asked John Hayden. Affirmative cheers erupted. Do we grow apples? Squash?

The mass “yeahs” continued even as Hayden moved on to oranges and bananas, tropical produce not grown in New Jersey.

But the goal, to get children excited about eating fruits and vegetables grown locally, seemed to have been met when students mobbed a wooden cart, loaded with New Jersey apples and sweet potatoes, set up against the cafeteria wall.

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