Good food nourishes, nurtures, and sustains
the body, mind, and community

Kids Love Our Tastings
of Michigan Summer Fruit

Scholarships are available for 2014 summer camps, health fairs, and summer school. Contact

GFP Summer Programs


The Good Food ProjectMany Americans are confused about what to eat, where to buy it, and how to prepare it. Our food culture—the wisdom and cooking skills handed down from generation to generation—is under assault by highly processed food and our growing reliance on institutions to provide it. The erosion of our food culture not only makes us sick, it also denies us the comfort, the joy of discovery, and the sense of belonging that a food culture provides.

Too many children, and oftentimes their parents, don’t know how good real food tastes. The Good Food Project directly addresses this issue by bringing real food, with its incomparable flavors, into Chicago-area classrooms, after-school programs, and summer camps for children and teens to taste and explore.

We began with apple tastings in 2008, and as we enter the 2013-2014 school year, we’ve conducted tastings for close to 16,000 students. Our interactive food tastings incorporate language arts, social studies, science, and health into the lessons. When students and teachers asked for new lessons, we added citrus and summer fruit tastings, and we recently launched an avocado and vegetable tasting. And, at Sullivan High School in Rogers Park, we’re working with staff and students to create a healthy food culture for everyone in the school: This project includes a student-operated fruit stand where students can buy high quality fresh and dried fruit.


Our Programs

Apple tastings

Apples are the perfect vehicle to introduce children to new foods. They are a national symbol of school and learning. Read more…

Citrus tastings

Oranges that are red and pink inside, zipper-skin mandarins, and strange-looking Buddah’s hands are a few of the citrus varieties kids experience in our citrus lessons. Read more…

Summer fruit tastings

Summer school and day camp programs love our fruit tastings, which take advantage of the abundance of farm-fresh local fruit. Read more…

Sullivan High School: Developing a Healthy Food Culture

The Good Food Project has been working at this Rogers Park High School for five years. Sullivan students know the names of popular, as well as obscure, apple varieties and can discuss their attributes. Read more…

Fruit Stands

Our fruit market at Sullivan High School is taking a giant step forward with the help of our friends at Arquitectos, who are sponsoring a contest to design a fun and portable fruit stand for our fruit market at Sullivan. The market is the first student-operated market selling seasonal farm-fresh Michigan apples, citrus, and dried fruit mixtures to help create a healthy food culture at the school. The winning design will be built and launched during the 2013-2014 school year to sell fruit to the entire school community. We plan to develop additional markets soon and we are busy building a distribution network to provide the very best fruit to our markets.


We select only healthy, delicious foods to include in our tastings. So, we are thrilled that Avocados From Mexico is on board to sponsor tastings that include awesome avocados. Read more…