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Molding healthy habits

Dear Editor:Thank you to all the parents who stopped by Aspen Elementary School’s second annual farmers’ market during back-to-school night! Almost all of the produce was harvested by AES students from our very own magical garden (located near the kindergarten playground), including kale, English peas, some beautiful looking beets, salad mix, herbs and potatoes (which were definitely the most fun to dig for).We also were proud to have donations from local farmers which rounded out the offerings: Hillside Acres, DeVries Farm, Zephyors Farm, Okasawa Farms, First Fruits & Jack Reed-Roots & Shoots and Katie Leonatis’s very own garden. All the proceeds help pay for the beautiful grass-fed beef that was purchased from Cap K ranch right here in the Roaring Fork Valley for our students to eat here at Aspen Elementary and Aspen Middle schools!A big special thanks to Katie Yturri and David Bedford of Slow Food Roaring Fork; Katie and David’s expertise and thoughtful care of the Magical Garden all year long has produced a bountiful harvest on campus!So why all the farmers’ market fuss? Well, all the proceeds will benefit the lunch program’s mission to ensure that all students have access to delicious, healthy, seasonal meals in order to grow their bodies, minds and future. All meals are made from locally grown, sustainable and organic ingredients to the greatest extent possible.Thanks to the Aspen community for supporting us in changing the way kids eat and the way they think about food. Come have lunch with us some time!Tenille Folkchef/director of Food ServicesAspen Elementary and Aspen Middle schools


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