Local Products Challenge

Celebrate Farm Fresh Fridays and the Local Products Challenge!

Farm Fresh activities provide a solid foundation for children to establish lifelong healthy habits, while also strengthening local economies. 

Farm Fresh Fridays offers an exciting way to engage young minds and help students develop strong, positive connections to local food, farmers, and ranchers. Plus, it adds local flavor to school menus while teaching students about Texas agriculture.

Take the Local Products Challenge!


Each year, TDA’s Local Products Challenge inspires schools to use more Texas products in cafeteria meals and recognizes participants that complete the challenge. To complete the challenge, Child Nutrition Departments must serve a minimum of three (3) different meal components from local sources and complete a Farm Fresh educational activity in the month of October. Challenge registration for the 2018 Local Products Challenge will open in the Spring of 2018.

Participation Overview

The 2018 challenge will take place throughout October and is open to all contracting entities (CEs) participating in the National School Lunch Program in Texas. The participation pledge should be completed by the CE, not an individual school campus.

Steps to participate in the challenge
  1. Take the Local Products Challenge pledge.
    •  CEs that pledge participation will receive Farm Fresh Fridays support materials from TDA. See the participation pledge for more information.
    • Register by July 15 to ensure you receive a participation toolkit.
  2. Submit the participation attestation form by the deadline. 
  3. Tell TDA about your celebration!


TDA will recognize all CEs that complete the challenge and submit the attestation form. The form must clearly indicate which cafeteria meal items include local products during the challenge period, and describe the required Farm Fresh educational activity. 

A Farm fresh educational opportunity is any activity that educates students about local food and agriculture. Activity examples include taste testing local products; a field trip to a local farm or farmers market; Meet the Farmer day; garden-based learning activity; or classroom lesson focused on local food and/or agriculture. You may use one of TDA’s Farm Fresh Fridays celebration ideas and resources or create your own.


Use these resources to celebrate Farm Fresh Fridays and Texas agriculture throughout the school year.

Farm Fresh FridaysFarm Fresh Fridays informational card
Looking for a fun way to celebrate Texas agriculture in your school, child care center or summer meal program? Look no further than Farm Fresh Fridays! This card introduces a fun way to bring local agriculture to your program. But don’t worry, activities do not have to be limited to Fridays. 

Farm Fresh Fridays: Parent involvement
This flier outlines three steps parents can take to bring Texas Farm Fresh to their child’s school.

Farm Fresh Fridays: Participación de los padres
Tres cosas que los padres pueden hacer para que Texas Farm Fresh venga a sus escuelas locales.

NEW! Farm to School Planning — The Ready. Set. Go! Approach
This guide provides a blueprint for parents interested in supporting the creation of a robust farm to school program in their child’s K-12 setting.  Parents also will find connections to resources offering ideas, inspiration, and funding for farm to school projects.

Menu with Recipes
TDA has created a suggested menu for National School Lunch Week that can provide inspiration on new recipes that feature seasonally available, local products. Download a copy of the menu and meal component contribution worksheet. 

Plan Farm Fresh Fridays celebrations
Farm Fresh Fridays offers a great way for schools that are looking for ways to incorporate farm to school activities and celebrate Texas agriculture while educating students about local food. Use these activity inspirations to plan a local Farm Fresh Fridays celebration. 

2017 Local Products Challenge Participants

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Aledo ISD
Apple Springs ISD
Coppell ISD
Eagle Mountain-Saginaw ISD
Brazosport ISD
Deer Park ISD
Crowley ISD
Alief ISD
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2016 Local Products Challenge Participants

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Abernathy ISD
Aldine ISD
Aledo ISD
Alice ISD
Alief ISD
Allen ISD
Alpine ISD
Alvin ISD
Alvord ISD
Anderson-Shiro CISD
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For more information about Farm Fresh Fridays or the Local Products Challenge, please contact TDA at LocalProducts.SquareMeals@TexasAgriculture.gov.

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