b'Harvest Season While food service directors are interested in purchasing produce locally, only one farmer indicated the ability to provide produce year-round. The timing of the harvest season and the school summer break might limit the availability of a variety of produce during several months of the school year, requiring schools to consider distributors that can consistently meet the demand throughout the year. To illustrate this, figure 18 shows the variety of fruits and vegetables produced by the farm-ers who responded to our survey by month, with the shaded area representing the typical school summer break. Expanding partnerships to local businesses that can process or freeze local produce might help increase availability of fresh foods harvested in the summer.Figure 18: Number of farms in survey producing these items in a given month.Seasonality of locally-grown produce and the school calendar has also been identified as a barrier in effectively building school gardens by members of Common Ground Healths Healthi Kids team in the Rochester City Schools. While schools are supportive of school gardens as an educational opportunity, they are unable to provide staffing and support to continue working on the gardens in the summer months when school is not in session. The Healthi Kids team, along with other com-munity organizations such as Finger Lakes Eat Smart NY, Cornell Cooperative Extension, and City of Rochester Recreation Centers (R-Centers) are working to pilot gardens at R-Centers and other com-munity sites where people can access them during the summer months.Food Processing and DeliveryPreparation of fresh produce in schools has been identified as a potential barrier to incorporating more fruits and vegetables in school meals. Of the farmers surveyed, 28 percent said they were unable to do any food processing. Other farmers reported that they can grade (26 percent), wash (33 percent), chop/cut (11 percent), and pack (41 percent) foods. Given these responses from farmers, schools and farms have an opportunity to explore whether the various food preparation that farms can do could meet the needs of school food service programs.According to a 2016 report entitled Transportation and Food Systems in the Genesee-Finger Lakes Region by the Genesee Finger Lakes Regional Planning Council,regional food transportation costs are challenging for small producers, 11and are likely a barrier to connecting local produce to schools. In our sample, 20 percent of farmers use a local food distributor to transport their prod-ucts. 51 percent deliver using non-refrigerated trucks, and 13 percent deliver with refrigerated trucks; 15 percent of farmers surveyed indicated they are unable to distribute their products. 31'