HAGERSTOWN -- Corn on the cob, watermelon and other locally produced food items were on the menu this week in Washington County Public Schools and at schools across the state during the second annual Maryland Homegrown School Lunch Week.
The bounty of local produce on school menus also featured Asian pears, apples, lettuce, green beans, broccoli and tomatoes. Menu items included vegetable-rice casserole, garden salad, turkey-vegetable wrap and roasted vegetable pizza, all featuring fresh produce. Local cheeses were served on burgers, in shrimp popper wraps, and on cheese and fruit plates.
The program was drawing rave reviews at Winter Street Elementary School where, on Tuesday, students feasted on cheeseburgers with lettuce and tomato, corn on the cob and watermelon.
"The kids are so excited when they see corn on the cob," food service worker Margie Shawyer said.
First-grader Amar Pinder, 6, said he eats corn on the cob at home and it's one of his favorite vegetables. He said he thought all the fresh produce on the school menu was "really cool".