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Minnesota Thursdays
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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. 

Our next Minnesota Thursdays lunch is November 7, 2019 

Join us for a local lunch as we kick off October as National Farm to School Month! 

  • Tikka Masala and Chana Masala with Basmati Rice Free Range Turkey – Ferndale Market (Cannon Falls, MN)
    • Smart Chicken (Waverly, NE)
    • InHarvest (Bemidji, MN)
  • Butternut Squash – L&R Poultry and Produce (Kenyon, MN)
  • Mango Frozen Yogurt – Mixmi (Minneapolis, 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! 

  • Minnesota Thursdays Poster You might see these hanging up around school! --coming soon!
  • Outreach Language Newsletter blurb and P.A./lunchroom announcement --coming soon!
  • Worksheet Fun facts and activities for students about the meal --coming soon!

Past MN Thursday Menus

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

2018-2019 MN Thursday Menus:
September | Turkey Burger with Corn on the Cob and Watermelon
October | Jr Iron Chef Turkey Chili with Cornbread, Coleslaw, and Roasted Potato Wedges 
November | Jr Iron Chef Turkey Alambre with Roasted Butternut Squash and Apple Kale Salad 
December | Jr Iron Chef BBQ Rubbed Chicken with Dirty Grain Blend, Gingered Radish Salad, and Apple Kohlrabi Slaw
January | Roast Beef with Mashed Potatoes, Roasted Beets, and Local Apples
February | Jr Iron Chef Turkey Lentil Tostada with Slaw and Purple Daikon Radishes
March | Turkey Wildrice Meatloaf with Potatoes, Roasted Carrots & Parsnips, and Dinner Roll 
April | Chef Shack Nachos with Free Range Turkey, Local Salsa, adn Farm to School Carrots
May | Tikka Masala & Chana Masala, Basmati Rice, Mixed Greens with Orange Curry Vinaigrette
Find archived news stories about Minnesota Thursdays here.
Where do the ingredients for the Minnesota Thursday meals come from?
Minnesota Thursdays Plates