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Critzer holds farmer’s market

Students at Critzer Elementary had their pick of fresh produce, from corn to cucumbers, plums to peaches, at a school-wide farmer’s market on Friday afternoon.
Two local vendors, including Scott Sink and Nick McNeil of Little River Produce, along with Sam Puckett of Puckett Produce, who serves as the school’s year-round produce vendor, offered up their homegrown goods for Friday’s market.
Students in all grades where given two tickets, one red and one blue, and could use those tickets to “purchase” one fruit and one vegetable, explained Bonnie Quesenberry of the school nutrition program.
In addition, each teacher was given one large pumpkin to share with their classroom.
The farmer’s market was organized with the help of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program Grant. Critzer Elementary was one of 25 schools in Virginia to receive the grant this year, allowing over $32,000 to be spent this year on Critzer students to help increase their intake of fresh fruits and vegetables.
After the school received the grant, a Critzer Fruit and Vegetable Committee was formed to identify and plan school programs and events to promote a school-wide effort to increase consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables.
Quesenberry noted that the committee is hoping to hold similar events related to the Fruit and Vegetable Program grant each month. She added that they plan to choose a mascot for the program and even hope to create a fruits and vegetables cookbook featuring recipes created by Critzer students.
Thanks to the program grant, students at Critzer are currently provided with a snack, either a fruit or a vegetable, two days a week, Quesenberry said.
Comments or suggestions can be shared with the Critzer Fruit and Vegetable Committee through email, either to Sarah Burkett at sburkett@vt.edu or to Frances Sutphin at fsutphin@pcva.us.

Critzer holds farmer’s market

Students at Critzer Elementary had their pick of fresh produce, from corn to cucumbers, plums to peaches, at a school-wide farmer’s market on Friday afternoon.
Two local vendors, including Scott Sink and Nick McNeil of Little River Produce, along with Sam Puckett of Puckett Produce, who serves as the school’s year-round produce vendor, offered up their homegrown goods for Friday’s market.
Students in all grades where given two tickets, one red and one blue, and could use those tickets to “purchase” one fruit and one vegetable, explained Bonnie Quesenberry of the school nutrition program.
In addition, each teacher was given one large pumpkin to share with their classroom.
The farmer’s market was organized with the help of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program Grant. Critzer Elementary was one of 25 schools in Virginia to receive the grant this year, allowing over $32,000 to be spent this year on Critzer students to help increase their intake of fresh fruits and vegetables.
After the school received the grant, a Critzer Fruit and Vegetable Committee was formed to identify and plan school programs and events to promote a school-wide effort to increase consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables.
Quesenberry noted that the committee is hoping to hold similar events related to the Fruit and Vegetable Program grant each month. She added that they plan to choose a mascot for the program and even hope to create a fruits and vegetables cookbook featuring recipes created by Critzer students.
Thanks to the program grant, students at Critzer are currently provided with a snack, either a fruit or a vegetable, two days a week, Quesenberry said.
Comments or suggestions can be shared with the Critzer Fruit and Vegetable Committee through email, either to Sarah Burkett at sburkett@vt.edu or to Frances Sutphin at fsutphin@pcva.us.