Program Highlights Since 2013:

$18M+ Locally Sourced Foods Into The Midwest Economy Since 2013
624+ Farm-Identified Local Serves Menued
154,375,000M+ Local Meals Served
106+ serves of NAE poultry from Miller Farms
147 Classroom Visits By Farmers

December Local Serve dates

Local sourcing is subject to weather and other unforseen circumstances that can affect farm inventory and the availability of local. Please check back for updates.

November cps farm visitor

Jim Brower from J&J Farms, Hudsonville, MI

Product Served: Butternut Squash

J&J Farms, Hudsonville, MI

J&J Farm is 165 miles from Chicago, just outside of Grand Rapids, Michigan. They grow hard squash on dark rich soil and work to produce a hard shell on the squash so the shelf life is much longer. Their butternut squash was served at CPS in November. Squash is an excellent source of vitamin A and C, and a good source of potassium!

J&J Farm Butternut Squash Photos

Click on a photo to begin the slide show below and discover how squash is grown, harvested and processed for lunch at CPS!

View how J&J Farms grows and harvests squash!

J&J Farm Visit Photos

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J&J Farm visit to CPS, November 7th, 2018

The Farmer In My Lunchline November Visit Video!

Click on the video below to meet Farmer Jim!


Reporting Highlights Of the 2018-19 School Year:

$2M+ In Local Spend as of September 30, 2018
Local served to all CPS students at all schools 12x per month on average
Farmers visited the classroom each month, averaging 3 schools per visit and 3 classrooms per school
Frozen local green beans, corn, carrots, potatoes, apples, coleslaw and ABF whole muscle chicken (drumsticks) have been served through September 2018
Fresh produce serves included cabbage and carrot slaw and the Apple Crunch in September and October, and will include roasted red potatoes and a harvest medley of local sweet potatoes, butternut squash and turnips in November.
Local NAE Poultry from Miller Farms was used for Thai Chili Chicken, BBQ Chicken and Lemon Rosemary Chicken Drumsticks
Three large vendors converted their processing practices to either state or farm identify product for CPS. Our thanks to Peterson Farms, McCain and Seneca Foods.
Reporting is generated monthly on local spend by farm, product, pound procured and monthly spend. If you would like further details please contact us:


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