Kane County Proclamation Celebrates Great Lakes Apple Crunch and Local Apple Orchards
The Kane County Board this week issued an official proclamation declaring its participation in the 2022 Great Lakes Apple Crunch, while recognizing local apple orchards for their positive impact on residents and visitors.
This annual event on the second Thursday of October during National Farm to School Month celebrates fresh, local apples and is also celebrated in the neighboring states of Iowa, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin.
Below is the official proclamation:
Title: Proclaiming Kane County's Participation in the 2022 Great Lakes Great Apple Crunch
This Proclamation declares Kane County's participation in the Great Lakes Great Apple Crunch - an annual celebration of fresh, local apples during National Farm to School Month. Kane County recognizes the valued contributions of its local apple orchards - employing workers, growing fresh and healthy produce, and providing fun family destinations for visitors from across the region.
WHEREAS, the Great Lakes Great Apple Crunch is an annual event among schools, community organizations, and businesses that celebrates fresh, local apples and the orchards that grow them across Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin; and
WHEREAS, Kane County is home to multiple apple orchards - including Kuipers Family Farm, Goebbert's Farm, Windy Acres Farm, and others - which provide fresh, healthy produce and serve as community attractions for residents and visitors; and
WHEREAS, apple orchards and the Great Apple Crunch are pillars of Farm to School Programs in Kane County and across the country, introducing students to fresh fruits grown locally and encouraging educational experiences through on-farm field trips and nutrition-focused curricula; and
WHEREAS, the purchase of locally grown produce reduces the greenhouse gas emissions associated with the transportation of food; and
WHEREAS, apples are the number one most consumed fruit in the US, are grown in all 50 states, and generate $3.3 billion in annual farm revenue; and
WHEREAS, Kane County recognizes the economic benefits of apple orchards and their role as agritourism destinations, strengthening the interconnected relationships between rural, urban, and suburban communities.
NOW THEREFORE, BE IT PROCLAIMED that Kane County joins the celebration of fresh, local apples as a participant in the 2022 Great Lakes Great Apple Crunch.