Each year, the Alabama USDA DOD Fresh Program sources about 16,000 cases of satsumas from Southern Alabama to fill USDA DOD Fresh commodity orders. Satsumas are sourced from several farmers each year to fill Alabama school cafeterias with satsumas twice a year. This year, schools across Alabama will receive satsumas from Sessions Farms, Hartzog Farms, Fairhope Fruit Co, Silverhill Satsumas and Pine Top Farms.
Meet Your Farmer:
Jeremy Sessions takes pride in providing a unique and high-quality fruit – the Satsuma! The Sessions family has been in the farming business for over 70 years in south Alabama. In fact, his father and uncle still farm today. Jeremy enjoys playing a key role in bringing awareness to students who enjoy the fruits of his labor! #Alabamafarmtoschool
Meet Your Farmer:
Mr. Dallas Hartzog is a former peanut specialist at Auburn's Wiregrass Experiment Station and is now an Alabama satsuma grower! The oldest tree on the Hartzog farm is 13 years old, and with harvest underway, about 500-600 satsumas are picked from the 13 year old tree. #Alabamafarmtoschool
Satsuma Fun Facts:
So, what exactly is a Satsuma?! These small, seedless citrus fruits are nicknamed “Christmas Oranges” because they’re served as a Christmas treat in Great Britain. They make a terrific holiday treat right here in Alabama too!
One needs a lot of patience to cultivate these little fruits – after planting a Satsuma seed, it can take several years for the first fruit to grow.
Did you know there’s a town in South Alabama named after these delicious citrus fruits? Road trip anyone?
Greetings from the child nutrition program,
Thank you for trusting us to provide for the nutritional needs of your children. We have the great responsibility of serving meals that promote a lifetime of healthful choices. The United States Department of Agriculture administers the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs. As such, school meals must comply with recommendations outlined in The Dietary Guidelines for Americans, for example:
- Increase fruit and vegetable intake
- Offer a variety of vegetables especially dark green and red/orange, beans and peas
- Increase whole grain intake
Scientific research has shown nutrient dense foods contribute to proper growth and development. Calorie laden foods, on the other hand, are linked to weight gain and chronic health conditions. Although we cannot always offer popular fast foods, our mission at TCS is to offer healthful choices from a variety of foods sources that taste good. This year you will see some changes on the menu. We are committed to doing more scratch cooking, using fewer convenience foods, and increasing fresh fruits and vegetables offerings. Menus will be based on student preferences. We will also have themed meals such as Southern Comfort, All-American, South of the Border, Taste of Italy, and It's a Wrap Friday.
I ask that you give us another chance to earn your business. We are creating the best restaurant value in Tallassee and would love for you to be a partner in its success!
Child Nutrition Program Director