The Harvest of the Month (HOTM) featured item for April is blueberries. Check out these resources and ideas to celebrate Harvest of the Month with local blueberries!
School Food Service Professionals
Morning Announcement Script:
- “Good morning! In April we are celebrating locally grown blueberries for our Harvest of the Month program. Look for juicy, delicious blueberries in your school breakfast or lunch today (or on _________ day/date) and eat local! Harvest of the Month is our program that features a different locally grown fruit or vegetable each month.”
- Blueberries are the featured fruit for April’s Harvest of the Month celebration. Look for blueberries from these local farms (name the farm(s), if you can) in your school breakfast or lunch today (or on _________ day/date). Try local blueberries and help us celebrate Harvest of the Month in April. Harvest of the Month is our program that features a different locally grown fruit or vegetable each month.”
- Serve fresh blueberries as a fruit serving on the breakfast or lunch menu or use as a garnish for added pops of color.
- Add fresh blueberries to a yogurt smoothie or parfait.
- Create a fresh fruit salad with blueberries and other fruits, such as strawberries, raspberries, cantaloupe or any fruits in season.
- Toss fresh blueberries in a green lettuce or spinach salad, along with strawberries and serve with a light vinaigrette.
- U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council – School food service recipes.
- New School Cuisine: Nutritious and Seasonal Recipes for School Cooks by School Cooks, from Vermont FEED. Page 24, Blueberry Soup.
Taste Test Ideas:
- Offer a taste testing of fresh, local blueberries and have students evaluate if they liked them.
- Taste test this Georgia Grown Kale and Blueberry Salad.
- Try a blueberry smoothie with this Create-a-Smoothie recipe from the National Dairy Council.
- Q: Why were the little blueberries upset? A. Because their parents were in a jam.
- Q: What do you call a sad strawberry? A. A blueberry.
- Georgia Blueberry Commission – find recipes, facts, nutrition and history information on blueberries.
- U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council – the website offers nutrition information, recipes and cooking tips, information on growing blueberries, and a school food service section.
- Blueberry Education Activity Ideas – coming soon.
- If conducting taste testing activities in the classroom, review this Taste Testing Tool for ideas on how to integrate activities into the curriculum.
Students and Families
- HOTM Blueberries Fact Sheet
- Blueberry Recipes from the Georgia Blueberry Commission
- Blueberry Recipes and Kid Friendly Recipes – from the U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council
- Fruit-a-licious Breakfast Cup – from USDA.
- What’s Cooking? USDA Mixing Bowl – Search for recipes using blueberries in this interactive website. The website includes a searchable database for healthy recipes and can help with meal planning, cooking and grocery shopping, from the United States Department of Agriculture, Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services.
- MyPlate 10 Tips: Focus on Fruits – English – A one page tip sheet on choosing more fruit, from USDA, Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion.
- MiPlato 10 Consejos: Enfóquese en las frutas