Francis A. Desmares Elementary School
Flemington, New Jersey
Potatoes, rosemary, and multicolored string beans are some of the foods grown in the school's two-year-old garden that have ended up on the cafeteria menu. "We have a sign that shows students which dishes use ingredients from the garden, and they are often the most popular," says school nurse Kathy Schilder. The kids also get to feast on their harvest during "spinach-salad parties" in the classroom and in cooking classes. One of the most popular recipes among first-graders: this kale fruit salad, which was developed by a parent who recently graduated from culinary school. "When we told the parents that their kids not only ate kale salad but asked for more, they couldn't believe it," says Schilder. "We sent home the recipe and our families told us they made it all summer long."