With the opening of registration for the summer of 2022, the Circle F Leadership team committed to reviewing and updating our Circle F summer camp menu. A large part of that commitment was to seek out local farms to create a fresh local menu that would support our local farmers and provide better meal service. This process is still very active, but we wanted to give a few exciting updates.
One of our biggest concerns with sourcing from local farmers is ensuring the safety of the food chain. When we look at the food chain, we mainly look at the growing process, how the food is harvested, stored, and delivered. Ingredients cant be fresh only; they have to be safe to use. Food Safety is why we have worked with our longtime partner in food sourcing and delivery Sysco Food Services. They have, in turn, worked with local Florida farms to secure us the best possible ingredients in the safest way. We look forward to sharing with our camp families in the coming weeks the profiles of the local farms we will be working with this year.
It is always important to us to remember who we are feeding. Campers have a wide range of tastes and interests when it comes to food. Over our 70 years of operation, we have developed some tried and true classic camp menus. However, that does not mean we can’t improve those menu items with new fresh locally sourced ingredients. We look forward to sharing new recipes and menu items as we approach the summer.
Camp has consistently recognized that we have a responsibility to manage food allergies and dietary needs. As we continue to improve our menu and food service, we are also looking at the menu items we can supply to our campers and staff with dietary needs. In addition to dietary needs, we know that many campers can be very selective in eating. The camp will be offering pasta, salad, and soup stations to provide options for most lunch and dinner meals and fresh fruit, yogurt, and cold cereal at breakfast. Keep an eye out for more updates in the coming months to discover how food service will be changing.