Nebraska Farm to Early Care and Education Toolkit
- Farm to Preschool Fact Sheet: Farm to Preschool – Local Food and Learning in Early Child Care and Education Settings
- Getting Started With Farm to Preschool: Getting Started with Farm to Preschool
- Getting Started with Farm to Early Childhood Education: https://www.farmtoschool.org/our-work/early-care-and-education
- Farm to Early Childhood Programs; A Step-By-Step Guide: http://foodsystems.msu.edu/uploads/files/Farm_to_Early_Childhood_Guide_2015_Feb.pdf
- Grant Funding Available: http://www.fns.usda.gov/farmtoschool/farm-school-grant-program
- Find Farmer’s Markets/Produce Vendors near you (Nebraska Farmer’s Markets/Produce Vendor Search): https://www.nebraska.gov/apps-ag-farmers-market/
- Nebraska Food Cooperative: https://www.nebraskafood.org/
- Where Can I buy Drinks and Food that is Nebraskan (Nebraska Access): http://nebraskaccess.ne.gov/nebraskafoods.asp
- Food and Meat Directory (Nebraska Department of Agriculture): http://www.nda.nebraska.gov/publications/promotion/food_meat_directory.html
- Local Procurement for Family Child Care Providers: https://www.farmtoschool.org/resources-main/farm-to-early-care-and-education-local-food-purchasing-resources
- Procuring Local Foods for Child Nutrition Programs: https://www.education.ne.gov/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/Buying-Local-Guide_FINAL_August-2015.pdf
- Nebraska MarketMaker: https://foodsystems.unl.edu/nebraska-market-maker
- UNL Online Food Guide: http://buylocalnebraska.org/online-food-guide
- Buy Fresh Buy Local Nebraska: Connecting Nebraskans to Local Farms and Food: https://buylocalnebraska.org/
- Nebraska Produce Availability: Resource Seasonality Crop Extension Storage Guide
- Find a Farmers Market or Produce Vendor: https://www.nebraska.gov/apps-ag-farmers-market/
- Seasonal Produce Guide (USDA): https://snaped.fns.usda.gov/nutrition-through-seasons/seasonal-produce
Apples are in season in Nebraska July through October. Some of the more popular varieties grown in Nebraska are Blushing Gold, Braeburn, Cameo, Empire, Enterprise, Evercrisp, Fuji, Gala, Ginger Gold, Golden Delicious, Granny Smith, Honey Crisp, Idared, Jonagold, Jonathan, Pink Lady, Pinova, Red Delicious, Shizuka, Suncrisp, Winesap, and Zestar
Apple Fun Facts
- Apples are high in fiber, vitamin C, potassium, and various antioxidants.
- An average apple has about 80 calories and is fat free, sodium free, and cholesterol free.
- There are over 2,500 varieties of apples grown in the United States.
- Apples are 25% air. That’s why they float in water.
- Apple trees take 8 to 10 years to produce standard size apples.
- It takes approximately 36-40 apples to make one gallon of apple cider.
- George Washington enjoyed pruning his apple trees.
- Most apples are still picked by hand.
- An apple contains about 6 – 10 seeds.
- Apple trees can live to be around 100 years old.
- Pilgrims planted the first apple trees when they arrive in the Massachusetts Bay. The only apple native to north America is the crab apple.
Purchasing and storing apples:
The apple should be firm with no bruises or soft spots. You can store apples at room temperature for 1 to 2 weeks or in the refrigerator for 1 to 2 months in a plastic container. Do not wash apples until ready to use, then wash them well to remove pesticides.
For apple activities, crafts, and recipes check out the Early Care and Education Nebraska Crunch off resource. Register for the October Crunch Off and visit the Nebraska Crunch Off webpage for more resources.
Oatmeal Apple Muffins (My Plate recipe)
Apple Slice Pancakes (My Plate recipe)
Apple Spice Oatmeal
Fruity Oatmeal (USDA Recipe for Schools)
Apples and Almond Butter
Tuna Salad and Apples
Fruited Chicken Salad with Crackers (USDA Recipe)
Apple Salad (My Plate Recipe)
Baked Batatas and Apples
Apple Sauce (My Plate Recipe)
Sweet Potato Apple Bake (My Plate Recipe)
Apple & Chicken Salad (My Plate Recipe)
Waldorf Fruit Salad (USDA Recipe for Schools)
Apple Wedges with Pumpkin Almond Butter (My Plate recipe)
Peanut Butter and Apple Wraps (My Plate recipe)
Apple Tuna Sandwiches (My Plate recipe)
Apple & Cheddar Grill Cheese
Apple Sandwiches (My Plate recipe)
Weekly Menus/Sample Menus
- Grow It, Try It, Like It! Nutrition Educational Tool Kit (Team Nutrition Resource Library):https://pueblo.gpo.gov/TN/TNPubs.php?PubID=15038 Or download available: https://www.fns.usda.gov/tn/grow-it-homes
- Nebraska Harvest of the Month – Recipes, Taste Test Guide, posters, coloring sheets and more (click on the link and scroll down to download materials).
- National Farm to School Network, Farm to Preschool/Early Care : https://www.farmtoschool.org/resources?2df7000d_page=3&resource-settings=preschool-early-care
- Safety in the Little Gardener’s Garden: https://learningstore.uwex.edu/Assets/pdfs/A3905-07.pdf
- ASAP Growing Minds a program of Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project: https://growing-minds.org/farm-to-preschool/
- A Guide to using the Creative Curriculum for Preschool to Support Farm-to-ECE Models: https://www.farmtoschool.org/resources-main/a-guide-to-using-the-creative-curriculum-to-support-farm-to-ece-models
Lesson Plans and Activities
- Nebraska Department of Agriculture Kids page: http://www.nda.nebraska.gov/kids/index.html
- Harvest for Healthy Kids- Free Activity Kits: http://www.harvestforhealthykids.org/?page_id=291
- Farm to Preschool on Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/janamarie76/farm-preschool-theme/
- Local Foods in CACFP Policy Memo: http://www.fns.usda.gov/sites/default/files/f2s/CACFP11_2015_Local%20Foods%20in%20CACFP_03%2013%202015.pdf
- USDA – Community Food Systems: https://www.fns.usda.gov/cfs
- USDA Child and Adult Care Food Program: Meal Pattern Revisions Related to the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 Final Rule: https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2016/04/25/2016-09412/child-and-adult-care-food-program-meal-pattern-revisions-related-to-the-healthy-hunger-free-kids-act