The Harvest of the Month (HOTM) featured item for January is carrots. Check out these resources and ideas to celebrate Harvest of the Month with local carrots!
School Food Service Professionals
- Morning announcement scripts:
- “Good morning students, in January we are celebrating locally grown carrots for our Harvest of the Month. Look for carrots in your school lunch today (or on _______ date) and eat local! Harvest of the Month is our program that features a different locally grown fruit or vegetable each month.”
- “Carrots are the featured vegetable for January’s Harvest of the Month. Look for carrots grown at these local farms (name the farm(s), if you can) in your school lunch today (or on _______ days). Try local carrots 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, local grated carrots to prepared salads or serve on a salad bar.
- Serve roasted, steamed or sautéed carrots as a Red/Orange vegetable side. Herbs and flavors that compliment carrots include cinnamon, dill, honey and orange, ginger, parsley, rosemary and thyme. Try seasoning cooked carrots with the American, Curry, Italian or Ranch Shake it Up Seasoning Blends.
- Serve veggie dippers with fresh, local carrots, either sticks or coins; or mix with other vegetables such as celery, broccoli, or cucumber.
- Don’t forget to use signage on the serving line to promote eating “local” to students and staff.
- ONE Lesson 5.4 Garnishes Handout – Carrots
- From the Georgia Department of Agriculture, Georgia Grown Test Kitchen:
- Carrot Raisin Salad – USDA Recipe E-040 for Schools
- Honey Glazed Carrots – from What’s Cooking? USDA Mixing Bowl
- Orange-Glazed Carrots – from What’s Cooking? USDA Mixing Bowl
Taste test ideas:
- Carrots come in a variety of colors, such as purple, red, yellow and white. Hold a taste test with rainbow carrots so students can see experience the different colors. Include education about the different nutrients found in the various colors. Visit this World Carrot Museum webpage for information on the various colors and their nutrients.
- Carrot jokes:
- Q: What do you call an angry carrot? A: A steamed veggie.
- Q: Did you hear about the carrot detective? A: He got to the root of every case.
- Q: What’s a vegetable’s favorite martial art? A: Carrottee!
- General Resources
- Rooting for Carrots! – the 2015 October Farm to School Month Campaign, from Georgia Organics.
- Carrot Education Activity Ideas:
- World Carrot Museum – a website museum with information about carrots.
Students and Families
- HOTM Carrots Fact Sheet
- Lemon Carrots recipe – from Fruits and Veggies-More Matters.
- Power Gold Smoothie_Carrots recipe – from Fruits and Veggies-More Matters.
- Carrot Recipes – a website dedicated to carrot recipes.
- What’s Cooking? USDA Mixing Bowl – Search for recipes using carrots 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: Add More Vegetables to Your Day – A one page tip sheet on adding more vegetables to your meals and snacks, from USDA, Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion.
- MyPlate 10 Tips: Add More Vegetables to Your Day – Spanish