Posted on 04/11/2023

 (Plainville, CT) On April 18th, Frank T. Wheeler Elementary School students and special guests will enjoy a “taste test” during lunch, thanks to a collaboration between the “Put Local on Your Tray” organization and the Plainville Community Schools Food Services Department, led by Director, Ashley Carl.

Carl, who is working closely with Dawn Crayco, Food Corps Northeast Regional Policy Director, to plan the event, hopes the “taste test”  will provide the opportunity for students to enjoy a variety of healthy, locally produced food items that they may not have otherwise had the opportunity to try.

The menu for the special taste test event features Kale Salad made with kale from a local farm, as well as whole grain “Emoji” waffles served with maple syrup from the Lamothe Sugar House, a local producer, and several additional food items. A number of special guests will be in attendance for the Put Local on Your Tray event, including State Senator Henri Martin and State Representative Francis Cooley.


It’s exciting to have the students taste fresh kale produced right here in Connecticut. It’s great that we have the opportunity to expose our students to healthy foods and to build strong relationships with our local farmers,” noted Carl.

I was raised to just try everything, even if I wasn’t sure how it would taste or whether I would like it. Fortunately, I like almost every food, including kale, so I am looking forward to joining the students and special guests for this fantastic event spotlighting locally grown and produced foods. I appreciate our really outstanding Food Services Director, Ashley Carl, and her efforts to make this exciting and tasty event possible,” said Superintendent of Schools, Steven LePage.