The crunch heard ‘round the world, or ‘round the Great Lakes Region at least. On October 11th, students, teachers, state agency workers, and business campuses across the Great Lakes Region crunched into locally and regionally grown apples in support of farm to school purchasing initiatives across the region. According to Stephanie Heim, coordinator of the Minnesota Apple Crunch, over 211,000 Minnesotan students crunched at 540 different locations. Employees of Minnesota Grown and the Minnesota Department of Education, along with other Minnesota businesses and agencies, also participated. Across the region, there were 1.5 million crunchers from Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois.
Randolph Elementary and Farnsworth Aerospace PreK-4 students got the chance to celebrate Apple Crunch Day with the Minnesota Timberwolves. The Timberwolves mascot, CRUNCH, led both schools in the big crunch, along with fun games and activities.
The Great Lakes Apple Crunch was just one of many events across the state celebrating Farm to School Month. For more stories and photos, search the hashtags #MNAppleCrunch and #MNfarmtoschool on Facebook and Twitter or visit the Great Lakes Apple Crunch Facebook page.
Check out some of the #MNAppleCrunch tweets below.
Staff celebrated National Farm to School Month today by joining thousands of Minnesotans in the fifth annual Great Lakes Great Apple Crunch! We crunched into locally grown apples at noon and had some fun too. #MNAppleCrunch #MNfarmtoschool pic.twitter.com/K1OQocGwdH
— Mn Dept. Education (@MnDeptEd) October 11, 2018
National Farm to School Month was celebrated by ”crunching” into delicious apples grown by local farmers. Our collective ”Crunch” is one way to make noise for healthy kids and cafeterias across our state and region. #RPS280
— Richfield Public Schools (@Richfield280) October 12, 2018
— Randolph School News (@RocketsNews195) October 11, 2018