FAIRBURY- It was a big day at Fairbury Public Schools Tuesday as they kicked off their Farm to School Lunches. For the first time ever, the student’s hamburgers were raised and processed in Jefferson County. Fairbury Public School’s Superintendent, Stephen Grizzle, has spent the last year trying to get the word out about the Farm 2 School program. It became a reality thanks to a couple of big donations.
“It really kicked off this year when Mark DeBoer and Rich DeBoer said they had a couple of heifers they would like to donate. Then the Chamber of Commerce donated over $500 toward processing and Sharon and Jerry Ebke also donated $500 toward processing.”
With these donations, Fairbury Public Schools are able to serve locally raised beef on every Tuesday this March.
“Those two heifers are going to allow us to serve 100 percent beef for 4 meals during the month of March. We have hamburgers today, next week is beef and noodles, the week after that is tacos, and the final week is pot roast.”
So what did the kids think? Lily Davis, a sixth-grader at Fairbury said they tasted better than normal.
“They were really good, they were really juicy and really good. It’s really cool, but it’s really sad thinking about all the cows that got hurt, but the cows were good.”
If you want more information, or would like to make a donation to Fairbury’s Farm 2 School program contact Stephen Grizzle at Fairbury Public Schools.