Butternut Squash

In October, butternut squash is being featured for the Harvest of the Month (HOTM) program. Butternut squash is a winter squash with a delicious orange flesh. Check out these resources and ideas to celebrate Harvest of the Month with butternut squash!


School Food Service Professionals

Morning announcement script:

  • “Good morning! In October we are celebrating locally grown butternut squash for our Harvest of the Month program. Look for butternut squash in your school lunch today (or on ______ day/date) and eat local!  Harvest of the Month is our program that celebrates local and seasonal produce each month.”


  • “Good morning! Butternut squash is a featured vegetable for October’s Harvest of the Month.  Look for butternut squash from these local farms (name the farm(s), if you can) in your school lunch today (or on ______ day/date) and help us celebrate Harvest of the Month with local butternut squash!”

Menu ideas:

  • Serve butternut squash, roasted or baked as a vegetable side dish.

Recipe ideas:

HOTM Butternut Squash Fact Sheet

HOTM Butternut Squash Marketing Poster 8.5×11

Taste test ideas:

  • Try one of the above roasted butternut squash recipes and offer small bites as a taste test.
  • Roast and mash butternut squash (try Spiced Butternut Squash recipe above) and offer small tasting cups to students.
  • During the taste test, provide fun facts on butternut squash and/or include education about the nutrients found in butternut squash. Have students evaluate the taste test sample by filling out a survey to indicate if they tried it, liked it, and would be willing to try it again.


  • Coming soon.

Students and Families