“Kale chips?! Oh my god. They have kale chips.”
I heard countless variations of this comment as I enjoyed my apple crisp at the local dinner in the caf last Wednesday night. In collaboration with Farms to K, dining services put together a menu to promote local growers and producers in (belated) celebration of National Food Day.
October 24th was designated as Food Day in 2011 to inspire Americans to change our diets and our food systems. The organization ‘Food Day’ works toward a ‘vision of food that is healthy, affordable, and produced with care for the environment, farm animals, and the people who grow, harvest, and serve it’.
Our local dinner was one of thousands of national events promoting conscious action in improving our ways of eating. And, yes, for some that may include eating more kale chips. The novelty-turned-trendy snack food was arguably the most popular local item on the menu.
In case you too were distracted by the kale chips and overlooked the rest of the locally sourced offerings in your excitement, I’ve compiled a list. Look at what we can grow and produce so close to K’s campus!