Farm to school: Thorp students learn about eating local

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THORP, Wis (WEAU)--An area school district is teaching students about eating local by giving them a taste of what's being grown by their neighbors.

“Today is a hamburger on a homemade bun with cheese; cheddar cheese and gouda, carrots, watermelon and cantaloupe,” Thorp Senior Brooke Noah said.

Thorp agriculture students are serving up lunch with a lesson.

"We hope they see the benefit of buying local and what there really is available in their area," Noah said.

This is the first of three Fridays the school will serve students locally grown food.

"I think it’s cool to see how excited the kids get and how appreciative they are," Noah said.

Everything served is grown within 30 miles of Thorp High School.

“We had students cooking the corn and getting the butter ready all morning and we are serving the corn too,” Noah said.

Noah and her classmates found local farmers and priced out the food. Noah said the cost of the meal came out at $1.71. That’s 25 cents cheaper than the average school meal served.

“I think it’s a big eye opener, it does take more labor but we do think that it’s worth it,” said Noah.

A sentiment that students echoed throughout the lunch room.

“You know that it’s all grown here and you know that it’s not processed,” said Monica Williams, 10th grade.

I think we should do that more often it just tastes really good,” said Sabrina Romanowski, 10th grader.

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