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Great Lakes Apple Crunch
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Great Lakes Apple Crunch

Great Lakes Apple Crunch
On October 10th, Minneapolis Public Schools is participating in the sixth annual Great Lakes Great Apple CRUNCH in celebration of National Farm to School Month! Local apples will be served in ALL district lunchrooms as part of school lunch and for FFVP snack at particiapting schools. To join in the celebration and fun, schools are encouraged to use their local apples to conduct an APPLE CRUNCH COUNDOWN at noon (or at another time), along with schools all across the Great Lakes Region!


MPS Culinary & Wellness Services will provide local apples at lunch and for FFVP snack (at participating schools) on October 10th. Here's how your school can use your local apples to join in the fun!

Step 1: Register & Prepare for the CRUNCH!

Watch the MPS Apple CRUNCH Countdown video (featuring Minnesota Grown Spokesperson Carrie Tollefson and Lucy Laney Elementary School students) with your staff and/or students and plan YOUR Apple CRUNCH Countdown! For additional resources for planning your school's Apple Crunch COUNTDOWN, check out the K-12 Minnesota Great Lakes Apple Crunch Guide

  • 1) Decide how your school will conduct your CRUNCH--during lunch(es), in an assembly, over the PA system and/or in individual classrooms for FFVP, etc.
  • 2) Submit this REGISTRATION FORM (Registered schools will get stickers!)
  • 3) Promote the CRUNCH on your school’s website, the school sign out front, school newsletter, etc.

Step 2: CRUNCH!

  • 1) Grab your apples! These could be apples that students and staff pick up as they go through the lunchline, collect from the lunchroom in advance (ie. if you are planning a school assembly or gathering outside), or receive for FFVP snack. 
  • 2) Start a countdown--over the loudspeaker, in the lunchroom,  in an assembly, or in your classroom
  • 3) CRUNCH into the apples together!

Step 3: 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 4: 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 612-668-2852.