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    Whole Foods Introduces School Kids to Local Produce

    The chain wants to support local farmers as well as teach kids.

    Natural/organic grocer Whole Foods Market is working with Portland public schools and conservation organization Ecotrust to introduce schoolchildren to Oregon-grown fruits and vegetables.

    As a partner in the "Harvest of the Month" program for the 2008-09 school year, Whole Foods will features Oregon-grown products on school lunch menus twice a month.

    The local lineup includes cucumbers, corn on the cob, parsnips, cabbage, potatoes, pears, and radishes. In March, students will taste frozen Oregon berries.

    In addition, once a month during the school year, Portland public schools will serve a meal entirely made with local products from Oregon, Washington, and Northern California.

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