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Oct 04

2021 Mountain Plains Crunch Off

Monday, October 4 - Friday, October 8

South Dakota State University (SDSU) Extension and the South Dakota Department of Education’s Division of Child and Adult Nutrition Services are partnering to bring the 2021 Mountain Plains Crunch Off to South Dakota on Oct. 4–8.

Though the event is geared towards schools and early care and education settings, anyone is invited to participate and crunch into local produce to help South Dakota win the "Crunch Crown", and support South Dakota agriculture while celebrating Farm to School Month.

Q&A:

How do I participate?  Register at the link below prior to Oct. 4 to host a “Crunch Event”. During the week of Oct. 4–8, crunch into local produce with your group and post a photo, or video to Facebook with #MountainPlainsCrunch and #SouthDakotaCrunch. The next section has more specific details based on participant type. 

How can I make the most of my Crunch Event? Hosts create their event to suit their group, Activities may range from simply biting into local produce to hosting an assembly with guest speakers.  A Crunch Off Toolkit will be sent to each host who registers. The toolkit includes tips for success, sample social media posts and complimentary Crunch activities for pre-K through high school.

What is crunchable? All crunchable local produce can be used for this event, including apples, beets, broccoli, brussel sprouts, carrots, cucumbers, peppers, pole beans, beans,  peas, etc. Apples are preferred.

How do I get connected with local produce? Each crunch event is responsible for finding and supplying local crunchable produce. This may be from a retail farm, a community member’s hobby garden, or anywhere in between. Produce may be purchased or donated. Resources will be provided following registration to help connect interested area participants and producers.

How can I help South Dakota win the Crunch Crown? Register! Your event must be registered to be counted.

Additional "Crunch Event" Info...

Schools & Early Care and Education Sites: You have many opportunities to get involved. Consider registering an event for a class, a grade, or the whole school or district. Local produce could be incorporated into the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) or lunch meal. Individual classrooms may opt to crunch at snack time. The crunch could be incorporated into classroom lessons of many topics for any age. Activity examples are provided in the Crunch Off Toolkit upon registration.

Producers: Without you, the Crunch Off isn’t possible. For commercial growers and hobby gardeners alike, this is an opportunity to engage with your surrounding area. Produce can be sold or donated. Consider sharing this event with area schools and early care settings and offering to provide the produce

Families, Offices, Small Groups, Individuals, or Others: You are the local food enthusiasts of South Dakota! Gather a group of any size and share photos of your crunch event! Consider sharing fun facts with your posts or making recipes with your Crunch produce and sharing them with your group as you Crunch together.

SDSU Extension is looking to coordinate 1-2 larger, educational crunch-off events including students, a dietitian, and a producer. If interested, contact Anna Barr at anna.barr@sdstate.edu.

Registration:

To register to host your own crunch event click the following link to access the sign–up survey.

Questions can be directed to Anna Barr, SDSU Extension Farm to School Nutrition Field Specialist, at anna.barr@sdstate.edu or 605-995-7378. Follow SDSU Extension Food and Families on Facebook to stay up-to-date with Crunch-Off activities.