Some Manitoba students will be selling fresh vegetables instead of sweets this fall to raise money for school projects.

Healthy Living Minister Jim Rondeau says it's a way to encourage people to eat more nutritious foods.

A program called Farm to School Healthy Choice Fundraiser will provide locally grown carrots, onions and potatoes in a recyclable shopping bag that students can sell for $10, while a $20 version will also include parsnips and cabbage.

A recent pilot project that involved 66 schools raised almost $55,000 in profit from the sale of three semi-trailer loads of veggies.

The program will be available to more than 850 schools across th province.

It is a joint program of the province, the Manitoba Association of Home Economists and Peak of the Market, a grower-owned vegetable supplier.