In March, corn is being featured for the Harvest of the Month (HOTM) program. Corn, also known as maize, is the most widely grown crop in the United States and in Georgia. Check out these resources and ideas to celebrate Harvest of the Month with local corn!
School Food Service Professionals
Morning announcement script:
- “Good morning! In March we are celebrating locally grown corn for our Harvest of the Month program. Look for corn 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! Corn is a featured vegetable for March’s Harvest of the Month. Look for corn 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 corn!”
- Serve cooked corn kernels as a vegetable side.
- Serve corn on the cob as a vegetable side.
- Cooked corn kernels can be added to salads or offered on a salad bar.
- Corn on the Cob – from Cobb County School District, Food and Nutrition Services.
- Mexican Street Corn – from Hall County School Nutrition.
- Roasted Corn on the Cob – from Cobb County School District, Food and Nutrition Services.
- Confetti Corn Salad – see page 32-33, New School Cuisine: Nutritious and Seasonal Recipes for School Cooks by School Cooks, from Vermont FEED.
Taste test idea:
- Offer small tasting portions of roasted or cooked local corn kernels. Survey students on whether they liked the taste test.
- What has ears but cannot hear? A. A field of corn.
- Why is corn such a good listener? A. Because it’s all ears!
- Harvest of the Month_March Math Activity Sheet_GaDOE
- Harvest of the Month_March Math Activity Sheet Answers_GaDOE
Students and Families
- HOTM Corn Fact Sheet
- What’s Cooking? USDA Mixing Bowl – Search for recipes using corn 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 eating more vegetables, from USDA, Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion.
- MiPlato 10 Consejos: Agregue más vegetables a su día