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Local produce for students

WATERLOO (KWWL) - Elementary students in Waterloo will receive locally grown Somerset Seedless Table Grapes on the menu Wednesday, September 16.

Middle and High School students will try the grapes on Wednesday, September 23. These grapes are produced from a vineyard near Decorah, Iowa. A total of 1,000 pounds of grapes will be purchased for these two menu dates.

Somerset seedless grapes are the most cold hardy seedless grapes available today. These grapes are much smaller than the red grapes purchased in the grocery store. The flavor is similar to a concord grape. The grape was originally developed in Wisconsin.

These grapes are part of a monthly program offering a new fruit or vegetable for students to try with their lunch meal. These are fruits and vegetables that are not normally served on the regular menu. Students are offered a taste or a full serving of the fruit or vegetable. In August, fresh watermelon was featured on the menu. Future offerings include: fresh locally grown apples, apricots, blueberries and Brussels Sprouts.


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