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News Release – DURHAM, N.H. – Eating local is not just for foodies and high-end restaurants: in New Hampshire, school kids are increasingly getting into the act. A new survey from New Hampshire Farm to School found that the number of New Hampshire farmers providing food to local schools has tripled in the past three years and the variety of food they’re offering has increased.
The report, released today, highlights trends and findings from three years (2009, 2010, 2011) of surveys of New Hampshire farmers and school food service directors conducted by New Hampshire Farm to School (NHFTS).
“For the farmers, this provides another market for them to sell their produce,” says Stacey Purslow, program coordinator for NHFTS, a statewide organization that is housed within the University of New Hampshire’s Sustainability Institute. “And for the schools, it’s an opportunity to get fresh and local produce. Buying directly from the farmer, there’s a freshness and flavor difference. The food tastes better.” Purslow adds that better tasting fruits and vegetables are more likely to pass muster with students.