Great Lakes Apple Crunch

Great Lakes Apple Crunch

Great Lakes Apple Crunch
Minneapolis Public Schools is participating in the fourth annual Great Lakes Great Apple CRUNCH on Thursday, October 12th in celebration of National Farm to School Month!
On October 12th, we will serve local apples in lunchrooms across the district and students at FFVP sites will receive a local apple for their FFVP snack. 
In addition to enjoying the local apples served on the 12th, we encourge schools to conduct an APPLE CRUNCH COUNDOWN at noon (or at another time), along with schools all across the Great Lakes Region! Watch this brief video to hear from Minnesota Grown Spokesperson Carrie Tollefson and 4th graders at Lucy Laney Elementary School about how to conduct the Great Lakes Apple CRUNCH countdown at your school!

Step 1: Prepare for the CRUNCH!

  • Watch the video above with your staff and students and plan your Apple CRUNCH Countdown!
  • Decide if your school will participate during lunch or as part of FFVP, then submit this REGISTRATION FORM (Schools that register will get stickers!)
  • Mention the CRUNCH on your school’s website, the billboard out front, school newsletter, etc.
  • Start a countdown--over the loudspeaker, in the lunchroom,  in an assembly, or in your classroom
  • CRUNCH into the apples together!

Step 2: Reflect & Learn!

  • Use your senses - What flavors did you taste in the apple?  Tangy, sweet, sour, tart? 
  • What was the texture? Crisp, crunchy, juicy, soft?  What noise did the CRUNCH remind you of?
  • Tasting can be an educational experience that ties into classroom learning!
Click here for links to more curriculum tie-ins and resources.

Step 3: Share Your Story!

Share with others across the Great Lakes Region as we CRUNCH into local apples together!  If students have signed media releases on file, share a photo or video on Facebook or Twitter using #MPSapplecrunch. Reflect on the CRUNCH in your newsletter or announcements.
For more information, visit our FFVP page or contact Kate Seybold at or 612-668-2854.