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Memphis City Schools wants local produce

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Farmers in West Tennessee are working on a plan to get local produce on lunch menus at Memphis City Schools by fall.

The school district has said it intends to spend $10 million for regional produce next year instead of getting its supply from the federal commodity program and commercial vendors.

David Levy of Willow Oaks Flower Farm in Brownsville, Tenn., told The Commercial Appeal that it's a great opportunity for small farmers in the area.

Farmers interested in participating met last month with state school nutrition experts to come up with a plan that could put regional produce such as lettuce, tomatoes, sweet potatoes, collard greens and maybe even strawberries on lunch trays.

Information from: The Commercial Appeal.

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