Food services staff in the Falmouth school department know they have a hit on their hands when parents start calling for the recipe.
A big part of the popularity of those recipes, according to the schools’ food services director Martha Poliquin, is a heavy reliance on local food.
Poliquin estimates that between 25 and 30 percent of the overall food budget is spent on locally grown, raised and processed ingredients either directly from farmers or on food grown by students on the Falmouth school campuses.
School districts around Maine are doing the same thing and now, thanks to a $225,000 federal grant, the farm-to-school movement in the state will put more local food on more school lunch trays throughout the state. The money will fund the creation of the Maine Farm to School Institute that will help schools design their own farm-to-school programs and give them a greater role in