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Introducing Mini Sweet Peppers...bet you can't eat just one!

Spotlight on Nutrition...mini sweet peppers are rich in vitamin C.  Vitamin C is essential in collagen synthesis which is the main structural protein in the body required for maintaining the integrity of blood vessels, skin, organs and bones.  In addition to Vitamin C, mini sweet peppers also contain vitamin A and essential minerals such as iron, copper, zinc, potassium, manganese, magnesium and selenium.

Did you know...

  • The mini sweet peppers served in your cafeteria are grown in southern Boynton Beach at Pero Family Farms.
  • All varieties of unripe pepper pods are green in color? It is only as the fruit matures that it gradually changes to its true genetic color of red, orange, or yellow.
  • Though most people consider peppers to be a vegetables, they are actually a fruit because they are produced from a flowering plant and contain seeds.
  • Christopher Columbus and the Spanish explorers gave peppers their name as they were searching for peppercorn plants to produce black pepper.
  • Bell peppers are not seasonal produce, meaning that they are available all year around.
  • The pulpy white inner cavity of the bell pepper (usually cut off and discarded) is a rich source of flavonoids and can be eaten.

Never tried a mini sweet pepper? Try it!  You may be surprised at their small, crispy, & delicious bite-size goodness.

Farm to School History and Seasonal Produce

More than 10 years ago, the School Food Service (SFS) Department embarked on a journey to start producing locally grown foods.  This effort, better known as Farm to School, utilizes a collaborative relationship between the District and local farmers.  In October 2008 our first official Farm to School product, corn cobbettes grown in the Belle Glade area, was served at all schools in Palm Beach County.  With much success on the horizon, this first menu placement opened the doors to so much more opportunity.  Since that first offering, the Department has partnered with a number of local and regional farmers and the variety of produce has expanded from corn cobbettes to include:  squash, zucchini, green beans, carrots, oranges, strawberries, grape tomatoes, mini sweet peppers and grapefruits.

We believe it is important to support our local agricultural community for a number of reasons.  First, many local and regional farmers want the opportunity to positively affect the health of children, and Child Nutrition Programs are a fantastic avenue to make that connection.  In addition Palm Beach County is one of the richest agricultural communities east of the Mississippi River and our growing season aligns with the academic school year.  Through the many wonderful partnerships that we have created, the SFS Department is able to provide students with Farm to School produce, support the local agricultural economy, and implement more environmentally friendly practices.

Farm to School Seasonal Offerings




August - September
Corn, Green Beans
October - December 
Corn, Green Beans, Mini Sweet Peppers, Tomatoes, Lettuce, Squash
January - March
Corn, Green Beans, Mini Sweet Peppers, Tomatoes, Lettuce, Squash, Citrus
April - June
Corn, Green Beans, Mini Sweet Peppers, Tomatoes, Blueberries
*Check out our online menus for each week's Farm to School produce spotlight

Local Partners

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