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WASHBURN - With chicken and cheese quesadillas, Mexican-style infused rice, refried beans and a salad bar on the menu, it seems like students are at a restaurant.
"We have really, really good food here,” Washburn High School student Courtney Halvorson said.
But this is actually a typical lunch for students in the Washburn School District.
"I think it's great, nice and healthy they have a great variety,” Washburn High School student Kevin Geisen said.
The district has made a commitment to healthy living and is following a farm to school program.
"We focus on getting more local foods into the lunch program and also into the classrooms for educational purposes," Washburn High School Green and Healthy Coordinator Greta Kochevar said.
All the food, even the milk and baked goods, come from local vendors and farmers.
"That helps the farmers and in turn it helps their families and it just spreads throughout the community," said Kochevar.
Students even eat fresh herbs and veggies grown in the schools garden.
"We get like great big bags of basil and she'll process it into pesto for freezing and then we’ll use that on pasta," said Kochevar.
No microwaves or prepackaged food in this kitchen; everything is made from scratch.
"It makes it fun, it's kind of like catering for kids," Washburn Schools Nutritional Services Director Patti Holman said.
Holman designs the lunch menu every month.
"We really customize the menu to what the kids are doing here at school," said Holman.
Since all the meals are homemade, "We start at six in the morning," said Holman. "It takes a lot of work, but it's worth it."
This high school is an open campus, but students say the food is so good they do not want to leave.
"Occasionally I'll run home and grab a snack, but usually I stay here and eat the schools food," said Geisen.
You might wonder how much this healthy wholesome way of eating costs.
"People ask that question all the time," said Holman.
Holman says it's not as much as you would think.
"I think it evens out because pre-done stuff is expensive," said Holman.
Washburn School District just started serving a universal breakfast where they bring bins of food to the classrooms.