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Local food on school lunch trays

Brockport, N.Y. Kids eating local food.

Thats whats happening in the Brockport Central School District.

The district is buying fruits and vegetables from local farms to serve up for lunch.

For me fresh is always best, said Food Service Director Jim Liebow at Brockport, and when you're getting it locally you can be sure on when it was picked and how it was processed.

Liebow works with about a half a dozen farms to get a variety of produce including apples, broccoli, cauliflower, potatoes, cabbage and squash.

These are the farmers whose children are probably attending our school district, said Liebow. The small family farm is slowly going away so anything we can do to keep that there, because it is a vital part of our economy.

Farms like Kirbys Farmers Market on Route 104 in Brockport.

Owner Linda Kirby feels good about kids in school eating apples from her orchards.

Since we are in the community of Brockport, our business and some of our orchards, we just thought it was a good fit, said Kirby.

But what about cost Liebow explained its generally about the same as buying bulk produce from out of the area.

You're cutting the middleman out, every time somebody else has to touch something there's an added cost, said Liebow. My goal is if I can remain the same cost it's a real win, even if it's a few cents more it's well worth the extra few cents to keep that money right in our local community. And I have much more control over the freshness of the product.

 
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