On February 21st. Horizons on the Hudson Elementary School held Hudson Valley Seed's first cafeteria vegetable taste test in Newburgh! Students in Kindergarten through 5th grade were met with a special dish when they entered the school lunch line: "Beets n sweets," roasted beets with sweet potatoes, which were our featured vegetable of the month. Students that sampled the dish were given a sticker to add to a poster to use to vote whether they liked the vegetable or not. Students loved trying the sweet potatoes and really enjoyed participating in the voting process. The results were very encouraging: by nearly a 3-1 margin, students indicated that they liked the sweet potato dish! The cafeteria staff at Horizons got in on the fun and encouraged students to try it. Parent volunteers were on hand to help distribute stickers and also encourage students to try the sweet potatoes.
All in all it was a wonderful way to kick off cafeteria taste tests in Newburgh. In March we hope to hold taste tests in all of the Newburgh elementary schools where we work.