This week the Primary, Elementary, Middle and High Schools in Rabun County tried raw, Georgia grown sweet potato sticks. Northeast Georgia Farm to School is holding one taste test a month in each Rabun County school through the end of the school year. The taste tests enable students to try new tastes and textures as well as to learn about the nutritional and economic benefits of eating local. In an effort to introduce more raw options on the cafeteria’s salad bar, the school nutrition director opted to have students sample the sweet potatoes raw. It turns out the students liked the raw sweet potatoes, much to their surprise. Rabun’s Elementary Students worked on creating promotional material for the taste test which included superhero sweet potatoes wearing capes, drawings of how sweet potatoes grow and words encouraging classmates to try new things. The sweet potato taste tests were a sweet success. As I heard many simultaneous crunching sounds, I heard one overly excited Rabun Primary student say, “I awesome like it!”. The taste tests in March will feature brussel sprouts.