Our state's tomatoes are nationally recognized as being among the best in the world. To pay homage to the great work being done in our state and to promote local agriculture, the New Jersey Department of Agriculture honors those who have excelled in providing Jersey Fresh produce to school children in our state. They are the Top Tomatoes in the Jersey Fresh Farm to School Program!
Farm to School week and month are a great opportunity to celebrate and highlight the abundance of fresh produce grown so close to where we live and teach children the health benefits of eating fruits and vegetables. I applaud the current and future efforts to partner with local farmers to offer the freshest, highest quality produce in school meals and as snacks. The Department looks forward to honoring more Top Tomatoes. Please check back to see who they are.
Who: Douglas H. Fisher, NJ Secretary of Agriculture, member of Governor Christie's Cabinet
What: Oversees all school nutrition programs and promotion of New Jersey produce Contribution to the NJ Farm to School Program: Created the program in the Department of Agriculture, working to implement the program in the state.
Where: New Jersey, The Garden State
Why: "We want to ensure all NJ students have access to fresh, local produce, an important component of a healthy diet."
What's Next: We're working to continue the momentum of farm to school programs in New Jersey.