Minnesota Thursdays

Minnesota Thursdays

Minnesota Thursdays
Minnesota Thursdays
Since 2014 we have served an entirely locally-sourced meal on one Thursday every month at all Minneapolis Public Schools!
It's a way to highlight our Farm to School program, support the local food economy and offer students fresh, seasonal options. 

October 4, 2018 | Farm to School Month Edition!

In celebration of National Farm to School Month, MPS Culinary & Wellness Services shared our October MN Thursday menu and recipes with schools across the state of Minnesota to support a state-wide celebration of our local food in schools! 
Jr Iron Chef Turkey Chili | Ferndale Market Cannon Falls, MN
Cornbread | Whole Grain Milling Welcome, MN
Coleslaw | Driftless Organics Soldiers Grove, WI 
Roasted Potato Wedges | Hugh's Gardens Halstad, MN 
Apple Crisp | Wescott Orchard Elgin, MN


Each month, MPS Culinary & Wellness Services prepares new promotional materials, outreach langauge, and lesson plans to help your school celebrate the upcoming MN Thursday! 


Past MN Thursdays Menus

Here what a school year of seasonal eating in Minnesota can look like! 

September - Grass Fed Beef Hot Dog with Corn on the Cob and Watermelon
October - BBQ Chicken Drumstick with Potato Salad and Braised Kale
November - Wild Rice & Turkey Meatloaf with Mash Potatoes and Roasted Rutabaga and Carrots 
December - Jr Iron Chef Turkey Chili with Cornbread, Coleslaw, and Sweet Potato Wedges
January - Roast Beef with Mashed Potatoes and Roasted Carrots & Parsnips
February - Brasa's Curried Chicken Bowl with Carrots & Potatoes, and Beet Salad 
March - Chef Shack Turkey Nachos and Beauty Heart Radishes
April - Jr Iron Chef BBQ Rubbed Chicken with Dirty Grain Blend and Gingered Radish Salad
May - Jr Iron Chef Turkey Tostada with Farro
Find archived news stories about Minnesota Thursdays here.
Where do the ingredients for the Minnesota Thursday meals come from?
Minnesota Thursdays
Lunch on the first Thursday of every month will feature seasonal, Minnesota-grown ingredients. It’s our way to highlight local farmers, ranchers, and companies while providing fresh, delicious options for our students. MN Thursdays is also a special partnership between Minneapolis Public Schools and Saint Paul Public Schools where students from both of the Twin Cities districts will enjoy the same lunch.
Minnesota Thursdays FREE School Staff Meal
MPS school staff who filled out a Minnesota Thursdays School Staff Meal Survey between November 17th & 21st can have a free school lunch on Minnesota Thursday, December 4th! Check back soon for information about next month. This is made possible through generous support from the True Food Chef Council.
For more information or questions, please contact Andrea.