The Harvest of the Month (HOTM) featured item for October is apples.  Check out these resources and ideas to celebrate Harvest of the Month and National Farm to School Month with local apples.


School Nutrition Professionals

Morning announcement script:

  • “Good morning students, October is National Apple Month and the school cafeteria is featuring locally grown apples as our Harvest of the Month fruit.  Try a crisp, delicious local apple in your school lunch today (or on _____ date).”

Menu ideas

  • Serve a fresh apple on your lunch menu.
  • Add diced or sliced apples to oatmeal at breakfast, or add to salads or slaw at lunch.

Recipe ideas

Taste test idea – Apples come in many varieties.  Hold a taste test with several locally grown varieties so students can experience the different colors, textures and tastes.

  • Find information about apple varieties from the US Apple Association and share with students during the taste test.
  • Have students vote on their favorite variety.  Check out the taste testing resources on our Harvest of the Month page.

HOTM Apples Fact Sheet

HOTM Apples Marketing Poster 8.5×11

General Resources:

  • US Apple Association – A nonprofit association representing the apple industry.  Find information on apples, health and nutrition facts, resources for teachers and more.
  • October is National Apple Month – Find additional resources on apples, from USDA’s Healthy Meals Resource System.

Apple jokes:

  • Q. What kind of apple has a short temper?  A.  A crab apple.
  • Q. Why did the apple stop running?  A.  He ran out of juice!


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