2018 Food Day

Rah, Rah, Radishes!

Food Day is a celebration of healthy, affordable, and sustainably produced food.  It builds all year long and culminates every year in October.

In Indiana, schools celebrate Food Day any day during the month of October, which aligns with National Farm to School Month, to accommodate Indiana’s growing season and different school calendars.

What’s in the Food Day Toolkit? Everything you need to create a great Food Day event!

2018 Food Day Toolkit - PDF version

Purdue Extension FoodLink online resource for more radish information!

Order your radish seeds through Purdue Extension using this form.

There are a few ways that a school can procure local radishes for Food Day!

  1. Talk with your current vendor/distributor -the procurement process should have been conducted at some point before the beginning of the school year. Additional procuring is not required.
  2. Contact local farmers directly through an informal or formal procedure.

Here are some quick steps when directly procuring from local farmers:

  1. Determine if the local farm is registered with the State
  2. Determine the type of procurement method
  3. Make sure to document throughout the process (Documentation is key and helps justify the reasons for selecting specific farmers.)

Food Safety:

Food Service Directors will need to buy from farmers registered with the Indiana State Department of Health. Click here for the ISDH Farm Protection Program website. There are links for your farmer to register as a ‘wholesale grower’ (in case they are not already) and a list of farms already registered with the program. Upcoming training and further technical information on  farm produce food safety is here on the Purdue University SafeProduceIN website.


Most schools will be using the micro-purchase threshold procurement method.  The dollar amount for purchase will determine the procurement method. Micro-purchasing is limited to $3,500 and multiple purchases should be made from more than one vendor.

Informal Procurement (less than $150,000)

Formal Procurement (more than $150,000)


To help determine pounds for purchase, click here.

For questions or concerns about informal and formal bidding, contact:

Cynthia Harris, Indiana Department of Education

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