North Carolina apples on the menu in local schools

by | Mar 20, 2009


Allan Henderson of C.L. Henderson of Hendersonville shows off bags of the sliced apples that will soon be part of school lunches.

Sweet and healthy (don’t tell the kids!) apple slices will soon be on the menu at 37 school systems statewide. Shipments of the individual bagged fruit slices will be distributed Monday as part of the Farm to School program.  The fruit comes from C.L. Henderson Produce of Hendersonville, a family-operated business started in 1950.

Our Food Distribution Division manages the Farm to School program, designed to generate sales of locally grown fruits and vegetables to North Carolina schools.

Sweet potato sticks hit school cafeterias across the state in late February and early March, and strawberries, watermelons, broccoli, sweet potatoes and cantaloupe are some other popular offerings available through the Farm to School program.

Participating schools include: Alexander County, Alleghany County, Asheboro City, Avery County, Beaufort County, Brunswick County, Burke County, Camp Lejeune, Catawba County, Chatham County, Cherokee County, Edenton-Chowan, Fort Bragg, Franklin County, Graham County, Harnett County, Henderson County, Hertford County, Iredell-Statesville, Hoke County, Jackson County, Johnston County, Lexington City, Nash-Rocky Mount, New Hanover County, Perquimans County, Person County, Randolph County, Roanoke Rapids Graded, Rockingham County, Stanly County, Stokes County, Surry County, Thomasville City, Wake County, Wilkes County and Yadkin County.