April 7, 2017
At Sanborn Regional High School in Kingston, New Hampshire, school lunches from the Fresh Picks Café are more than just a source of sustenance, they're part of the curriculum.
November 22, 2016
Kids that care about sustainable eating want to know where the ingredients in their food were grown. At New Hampshire schools in Dover and Hampstead, kids that want to know where the basil on their pizza or the greens in their salad were grown need to look no further than the hydroponic grow cart in the cafeteria...
April 29, 2016
School lunches that meet federally mandated nutrition standards may be good for kids' health, but not for kids' taste buds - or a successful school food service program, for that matter.
February 5, 2016
Last month, when 6th graders at the Henniker Community School studied India through an Artist-in-Residency program, the school called on Fresh Picks Cafe to serve a school-wide lunch featuring a sampling of the foods of India.
December 10, 2015
If you want to know what kids at Springfield High are talking about this month, just take a walk through the cafeteria. Right in the middle, you'll see a rectangular cart on wheels with racks of red leaf lettuce, Bibb lettuce, basil and other fresh herbs - all grown hydroponically...
October 27, 2015
Giving students hands-on experience with a school garden is a great way to teach the benefits of supporting local agriculture and leading a healthy, sustainable lifestyle.
September 28, 2015
As lead cook at Elm Hill Elementary in Springfield, Vermont, Anna Tewksbury knows the school kids by name, and cares deeply about satisfying the students and educators she serves.
May 31, 2015
Jordan Tierney is a junior at the University of New Hampshire (UNH). A nutrition major studying to be a dietitian, she agrees with Frank Gillespie, a registered dietitian and Manager of Training and Nutrition Services at Fresh Picks Café, that kids and college students have a lot to learn from each other.
April 30, 2015
Ashley Maguire is a senior at Brattleboro Union High School and student in Sandy Cormier’s Food Fundamentals class. A competitor in last month’s 8th Annual Vermont Junior Iron Chef competition, she agrees with her teammates that it’s important to eat healthy, local foods when ever possible.
March 30, 2015
Fresh Picks Café is proud to announce that on March 13, Profile Regional High School in Bethlehem, New Hampshire was recognized as the top achieving small high school in the New Hampshire School Breakfast Challenge...
February 15, 2015
Get cooking! On Saturday, March 21, FreshPicks Café is sending four teams of middle and high school students from the Brattleboro, Vergennes and Windsor, Vermont school districts to compete in the state’s 8th annual Junior Iron Chef competition.
February 2, 2015
Fresh Picks Café food service associate, Marion “Gram” Pouliot, does more than just help lunchtime go smoothly at Pittsfield Middle School. She greets kids by name with a smile, spots them for snack money when they forget their change, and cheers them on at community sporting events...
October 10, 2014
Fresh Picks Café Bringing Action Stations To Over 50 New Hampshire and Vermont School Districts, Starting October 2014
June 2, 2014
The word's out: Starting July 1, 2014, all US schools that get assistance from the National School Lunch Program are required to comply with USDA "Smart Snacks in School” rules for food and beverages.
May 27, 2014
On July 1 THIS summer, USDA "Smart Snacks in School" rules become mandatory for the over 100,000 elementary, middle and high schools in the US that accept assistance from the National School Lunch Program.
May 12, 2014
Shelly LaClair, Food Service Director for the Barrington, New Hampshire school district, believes firmly in giving back to the community in which she works. Her generosity has not gone unnoticed. In March, the Barrington school district named Shelly the 2014 recipient of the annual Champions for Children award.
April 14, 2014
Living a healthy lifestyle is fun. It can taste good, too! That’s the lesson Fresh Picks Café is showing kids this spring at wellness fairs sponsored by the Somersworth/Rollinsford and Pittsfield, New Hampshire school communities.
March 31, 2014
Eating a healthy breakfast every morning is good for everyone, especially for school kids. According to the American Dietetic Association, kids that eat breakfast perform better in class and on the playground with better concentration, problem-solving skills and hand-eye coordination.
January 30, 2014
FreshPicks Café is committed to doing its part for the environment and works hard to set a positive example for kids. So when a class of third graders at Garrison Elementary School in Dover, New Hampshire wrote letters asking to eliminate plastic utensils from the cafeteria, FreshPicks Café took action. As of this month, the kids at the k-4 school are using only metal utensils at school.
December 20, 2013
The management team at Café Services thanks the many Fresh Picks Café associates at schools across New Hampshire and Vermont who supported the corporate-wide Toys for Tots drive this month.
November 25, 2013
The Humane Society of the United States is partnering with Café Services to implement Meatless Monday at FreshPicks Café, by providing meat-free recipes that meet national school lunch guidelines and helping promote the benefits.
October 25, 2013
To students served by Fresh Picks Café in Plymouth, New Hampshire, “an apple a day” is much more than an old saying from their parents’ childhood years. It’s a daily treat at school in October, when apple season is at its peak.
September 1, 2013
Fresh Picks Cafe chef and district manager, John Veeser, demonstrates healthy black bean salad recipe for Saturday morning channel 9 viewers.
June 18, 2013
Cafe Services is a Proud Sponsor of the Seacoast Harvest Local Food Guide!
May 27, 2013
Kids are more likely to try new foods when they’ve helped grow the ingredients. Just ask Café Services Food Service Director Shelly LaClair. She serves meals made with fresh produce from the Barrington, New Hampshire Middle School kitchen garden...
April 4, 2013
Windham Farm and Food (WFF), nurtured for three years as a non-profit enabling easy access to healthy locally produced food, is forging a new path as an independent, mission-driven LLC. Who better to help lead the local food aggregation and delivery service into its next period of growth than Fresh Picks Café Food Services Director, John Ayer?
March 8, 2013
New USDA guidelines for offering healthy snacks in schools aim to bring kids across the country what Fresh Picks Café has been serving for over a decade: A variety of snack choices throughout the school day that not only taste good, but also meet the highest nutritional standards.
June 13, 2012
Congratulations to Melissa and her team at our Trinity High School Cafeteria.
June 1, 2012
Café Services loves to use fresh veggies and fresh herbs in the meals that we serve! This year Fresh Picks Café began to pilot a Garden Grow Cart program in schools.
June 1, 2012
The Café Services team in partnership with the Lebanon SAU and HEAL are working hard to educate and energize students to Eat Smart, Get Out and Be Active.
September 12, 2011
The Second Annual Windham Farm Chef Workshop hosted by Cafe Services in conjunction with The Windham County Farm and Food Network brought local Chefs together to exchange ideas and prepare dishes using local produce.
May 31, 2011
Inter-lakes School District Food Service Program, managed by Café Services has partnered with Picnic Rock Farms through NH Farm to Schools to bring more fresh fruits and vegetables into the school lunch program.
May 31, 2011
The First Annual Barrington Food Pantry Soup, Chili & Chowder Festival was a great success! Thirty One people participated and donations reached $775.00, canned food items were received at the door.
May 31, 2011
Students were challenged to write menus that conformed to standards for the school lunch program and incorporated as many local ingredients as possible.
May 31, 2011
The first week of April was International Week at Middlebury Union High School. The cafeteria served featured foods from around the world, with items such as Ratatouille, Chicken Pad Thai & More!
May 31, 2011
This year's Stone Soup Summit and Associated School events held at Middlebury Union High School (MUHS) in early April were a great success!