WAYNE CO., N.Y. — On Tuesday, October 24th, schools around Wayne County will celebrate local food by participating in the Wayne County Apple Crunch.
Students and staff in thirteen schools will “crunch” into apples in honor of National Food Day and Wayne County’s 20th Annual Apple Tasting Tour. Wayne County is the highest apple-producing county in New York, and these events will help showcase our amazing apple industry.
The Crunch is just one event of many being held by our schools to celebrate healthy, local food. With help from Cornell Cooperative Extension, schools are sampling new recipes in their cafeterias and learning about healthy eating. Many schools across New York State also participate in NY Thursdays, where a local food product is featured on the school lunch menu.
Apple Crunch, initially called The Big Apple Crunch, originated in New York City in 2012. It was created as NYC’s way of celebrating National Food Day and New York State agriculture. In 2013, the Big Apple Crunch in New York City set a world record with 1,000,000 people participating. Since then, the activity has spread across the country, and thousands of locations have participated in Apple Crunches on and around October 24th in celebration of National Food Day.
Photos and videos of this year’s Apple Crunch will be posted on schools’ social media pages and on Cornell Cooperative Extension’s website and Facebook page. If you plan to host your own Apple Crunch on the 24th, share it with us! Contact Cailin Kowalewski at Cornell Cooperative Extension – Wayne County, 315-331-8415.
–Cornell Cooperative Extension Wayne County
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