Local Bibb Lettuce
Did you know that Prince William County Schools’ cafeterias serve
locally grown Bibb lettuce? It is grown hydroponically at Portwood Gardens Farm
in Dayton, Virginia, and is harvested over the weekend and in our schools by
Tuesday! Hydroponics is a growing method without soil that uses water and
mineral solutions. Hydroponic growing promotes a clean growing environment.
Bibb lettuce is also known as butterhead or Boston lettuce. The
leaves are crisp, yet tender, and have a rich, buttery flavor. It is a more
nutrient-dense lettuce variety than iceberg, and has folate, fiber and vitamins
A, C and K.
School Food Services uses Bibb lettuce in our tossed salad,
which can be the base for our “Make Your Own” (MYO) salad lunch choice!