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Minnesota Thursdays

Minnesota Thursdays
Minnesota Thursdays
Since 2014 we have served an entirely locally-sourced meal on the first Thursday of 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.

MN Thursday: Celebrate local food and local farmers at home!

While we wish we could celebrate May MN Thursday (originally May 7) in our lunchrooms with our students and staff, we hope you will help us distance-celebrate! Here are some ideas for how we can continue to celebrate local food and local farmers while at home--on MN Thursday or any day! 

  • Try recreating one of our district's MN Thursday menus in your kitchen at home! See the list of past MN Thursday menus below.
  • Plan and start your own garden! 
  • Consider supporting a local farm by signing up to participate in a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program. Land Stewardship Project and Minnesota Grown have CSA farm directories, as well as general information for how to connect with farms near you.  
  • Virtually meet some of the farmers who grow food for MPS and learn how food gets from their farm to your school by watching these Farm to School videos:
  • Visit the MN Ag in the Classroom website and pick out an educational activity to do. This website has great distance learning resources for teachers, parents, and students! 

MPS Culinary & Wellness Services also has a Food & Nutrition Wellness Resource Guide with education resources, tips for cooking at home with kids, and recipe inspiration! 

2019-2020 MN Thursday Menus:

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

September | BBQ Rubbed Chicken, Dirty Grains, Corn of the Cob, Watermelon
October | Chef Shack Turkey Nachos, Apple Kohlrabi Slaw, and Apple Crisp
November | Tikka Masala & Chana Masala with Basmata Rice, Butternut Squash
December | Wild Rice Meatloaf, Mashed Sweet Potatoes, Roasted Beets, Dinner Roll
January | Turkey Lentil Tostada, Cilantro Lime Slaw, Pickled Beets
February | Roast Beef with Gravy, Mashed Potatoes, Roasted Carrots, Beauty Heart Radishes, Apple Cranberry Crisp
March | Turkey Chili, Roasted Potatoes, Cornbread 
Find archived news stories about Minnesota Thursdays here.
Minnesota Thursdays Plates