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Celebrate Summer

Turnip the Beet Awards - 2023 - Winners Announced!

The Turnip the Beet Award recognizes outstanding summer meal program sponsors across the nation who work hard to offer high quality meals to children that are appetizing, appealing, and nutritious during the summer months. This year, 140 sponsors qualified for either a gold, silver, or bronze Turnip the Beet award. Congratulations to all! For more information visit the Turnip the Beet Website

Wisconsin 2023 Award Winners
Gold Winners
• De Pere School Nutrition
• La Crosse Area Family YMCA
• North Crawford School District
• Stevens Point Area Public School District
Bronze Winner
• Green Bay Area Public Schools

2024 Application information will be out soon!

Celebrate Cucumber Crunch

WI Cucumber Crunch LogoCelebrate summer by participating in the Cucumber Crunch! This is a simple, celebratory event to promote local foods and farm to summer. Pick any date this summer and have staff and children crunch into local cucumbers. If cucumbers are not available during your summer programming, choose another local, in-season fruit or vegetable to crunch!

Register your program for the Crunch! Registrants will receive free stickers and a packet of cucumber seeds for registering on a first-come, first-serve basis.Cucumber Crunch We Registered Badge


Event Details

Cucumber Crunch Factsheet

Cucumber Press Release




Local Sourcing Information: utilize the resources below to locate local farmers/producers who may be able to source for your Crunch.

Recipes All recipes are scaled to serve approximately 50 students.

Promotion Share photos and videos of your Crunch in the following ways:

  • Advertise your event on social media, using the following hashtags: #WICucumberCrunch #SummerMeals
  • Send photos and videos of your Crunch to
  • Producer Highlight Poster: Utilize this poster to share details about the farmer who supplied the local cucumbers or in-season produce for your event. Email to request printed copies of the poster.

Resources for Producers


Summer Meals Week - June 17-21, 2024

More info coming soon!

For questions about this information, contact Amy Kolano (608) 266-7124