The Harvest of the Month (HOTM) featured item for January is broccoli. Broccoli is a great source of vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients. Check out these resources and ideas to celebrate Harvest of the Month with local broccoli!


School Food Service Professionals

  • Morning announcement script:
    • “Good morning!  In January we are celebrating locally grown broccoli for our Harvest of the Month program.  Look for this nutrient-packed vegetable in your school 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.”


    • “Broccoli is the featured vegetable for January’s Harvest of the Month.  Look for broccoli from these local farms (name the farm(s), if you can) in your school lunch today (or on _________ day/date).  Try local broccoli 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:

  • Add fresh, chopped broccoli florets to prepared salads or serve on a salad bar.
  • Serve veggie dippers with fresh, local broccoli florets with low-fat ranch dip or hummus.
  • Serve roasted, steamed, or sautéed broccoli as a vegetable side dish. Herbs and flavors that compliment broccoli include lemon, dill, nutmeg, oregano and thyme. Try seasoning cooked broccoli with the American, Asian, Italian, or Ranch Shake it Up Seasoning Blends.

Recipe Ideas:

HOTM Broccoli Marketing Poster 8.5×11

HOTM Fact Sheet – Broccoli

Taste test ideas:

  • Hold a taste test with raw broccoli florets, with or without a low-fat dip or hummus. Include education about the nutrients found in broccoli.  Have students vote on whether they like broccoli or not.
  • Hold a taste test with roasted broccoli. Try this recipe for Roasted Broccoli, from Carrollton City Schools.

Broccoli/Cauliflower jokes:

  • Q: What do you get when you cross broccoli and a vampire? A: Count Broccula.


Students and Families