Blackberries

In June, blackberries are being featured for the Harvest of the Month (HOTM) program.  Blackberries are a delicious summer fruit packed with nutrients.  Check out these resources and ideas to celebrate Harvest of the Month with local blackberries!

Summer is the perfect time to source Georgia grown and local agriculture products, they are in abundance.  For information and ideas on local foods and agriculture-based activities in the summer, see USDA’s Farm to Summer Fact Sheet.

RESOURCES

School Food Service Professionals

Morning announcement script:

  • “Good morning!  In June, we are celebrating locally grown blackberries for our Harvest of the Month program.  Look for blackberries from this local farm (name the farm(s), if you can) in your lunch today (or on __________ day/date).  Try local blackberries and help us celebrate Harvest of the Month, which is our program that features a different locally grown fruit or vegetable each month.”

Menu ideas:

  • Create a fresh fruit salad with blackberries and other seasonal fruits.
  • Add fresh blackberries to a yogurt smoothie or parfait.
  • Toss fresh blackberries in a green lettuce or spinach salad and serve with a light vinaigrette.

Taste test idea:

  • Offer a taste testing of fresh, local blackberries and have students evaluate if they like them.

HOTM Blackberries Fact Sheet

HOTM Blackberries Marketing Poster 8.5×11

General Resources:

  • North American Raspberry & Blackberry Association – the association’s mission is to promote production and marketing of raspberries and blackberries. The website contains information, nutrition facts and a recipe collection for blackberries.
  • Berry Fresh Month – Find resources for a variety of berries, from the United States Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service, Healthy Meals Resource System.

Students and Families