Fresh carrot purchases only have tallied $96,000 so far fiscal year, down from $290,000 in fiscal year 2012 and $768,000 in fiscal year 2011.
Fresh potato purchases (excluding bulk fresh) totaled $5.7 million in fiscal year 2013, up from $2.5 million in fiscal year 2012 and substantially higher than $3.4 million in fiscal year 2011.
These fresh produce purchases are helping feed our nation's youngsters. Hearkening back to the days of the peanut butter and jelly sandwhich, one reader of my coverage on the USDA new competitive food rule takes excception to government expenditures on fresh produce. Check out the story and comment at this link.