Food Concerns


If you are making substitutions in the menus, please substitute within the same group of foods: vegetable for vegetable, grain for grain. Each snack must include a vegetable, a fruit, a protein and a whole grain. Do not makes changes in the protein or grain category without checking with Laura. In the kitchen, there is a list of children and their allergies. Please check this prior to serving snack. Laura will also help.


The following vegetables may be substituted for any vegetable listed in the menus: 

  • cherry tomatoes
  • broccoli
  • string beans
  • jicama
  • celery
  • peppers (red, green or yellow)
  • cucumbers
  • cauliflower
  • sugar snap peas

Please note that serving carrots is not listed as a possibility. Also, note that olives are not a vegetable and may not be served as the vegetable portion of the snack. You may add olives to any snack, but a fruit and a vegetable must also be served.

Seasonable fruit

Seasonable fruit may be substituted for any fruit listed in the menus. Because we want our children to experience lots of different varieties of food, try to think of options other than apples and oranges such as:

  • kiwi
  • mangos
  • pears
  • cantaloupe
  • watermelon
  • grapes
  • tangerines
  • blueberries

(apples and oranges may be served but let’s keep it infrequently and try to focus on other fruits).

Dirty Dozen

These are the 12 most pesticide-contaminated fruits & vegetables. If you are providing these for snack, they need to be organic or checmical free.

  • apples
  • bell peppers
  • celery
  • cherries
  • imported grapes
  • nectarines
  • peaches
  • pears
  • potatoes
  • red raspberries
  • spinach
  • strawberries

Locations to Purchase Organic and Chemical Free Produce:

Fairview Gardens

10am-6pm, 7 days a week

598 N. FairView Ave.


Just say you are from the Oaks Parent Child Workshop and we get a 10% discount when buying snacks for our school.

Mesa Produce

10am-6pm Mon-Sat, 12am-6pm Sun

2036 Cliff Dr.


Ask for Jennifer Walsh the manager. Tell her it is for The Oaks and we will get a 10% or better discount depending on how much we buy.

Lane Farms San Marcos Gardens

10am-6pm Mon-Sat, 10am-5pm Sun

4950 Hollister Ave


Dave is the manager. The Oaks is in his discount file and we will get 15% off.

Isla Vista Co-op

9-10pm daily

6575 Seville Rd.


Melissa is the manager. The Oaks is now a Isla Vista Food Co-op member. Say you are from the Oaks and you will get a 10% discount. We can get a really great deal if you are able to plan ahead a little. She will give us a wholesale price (Melissa says it will be a charitable donation for them) if we do the following.

1) Order a bulk quantity, like a flat of strawberries or a box of apples.

2) Let her know a week in advance.

This is contingent on her actually being able to get it from a local farmer so it needs to be in season and available.

Tri-County Produce

9am-7:30pm daily

335 S. Milpas


Farmers Market

Saturday Market 8:30am-12:30pm

Corner of Santa Barbara and Cota St.

Sunday Market 10am-2pm

Corner of Storke and Holister in Camino Real Center

Tuesday Market 4pm-7pm (summer)/3pm-6pm (winter)

500-800 Block of State Street

Wednesday Market 3pm-6pm

La Cumbre Plaza Shopping Center

Thursday Market 3pm-6:30pm

5700 Block of Calle Real, Calle Real Shopping Center

Friday Market 8am-11:15am

1100-1200 Block of Coast Village Road


Your own recipes

If you are making up your own menu, please remember that we do not serve dried fruits such as raisins; anything with added sugar or honey; or fruits canned in heavy syrup.

No Crackers or bagels

Processed food

Please do not use processed foods such as tater tots or frozen chicken nuggets.

Peanut butter

Peanut butter may be served as a dip for apples or celery, but peanut butter sandwiches may not be served.


Water is served as the snack beverage.