Green Beans

The Harvest of the Month (HOTM) featured item for March is green beans. Green beans are a good source of fiber and vitamin C. Check out these resources and ideas to celebrate Harvest of the Month with local green beans!

RESOURCES

School Food Service Professionals

Morning announcement script:

  • “Good morning! In March we are celebrating locally grown green beans for our Harvest of the Month program. Look for local green beans in your school lunch today (or on ____________ day/date). Try local green beans and help us celebrate Harvest of the Month, which is our program that features a different locally grown fruit or vegetable each month.”

or

  • “Locally grown green beans are the featured vegetable for March’s Harvest of the Month. Look for green beans from this local farm (name the farm(s), if you can) in your school lunch today (or on __________ day/date). Try local green beans and help us celebrate Harvest of the Month, which is our program that featured a different locally grown fruit or vegetable each month.”

Menu Ideas:

  • Serve roasted, steamed or sautéed green beans as a vegetable side dish. Herbs that complement green beans include basil, dill, garlic, oregano, rosemary, and thyme.
  • Green beans pair well with onions, potatoes, and tomatoes,
  • Try one of the delicious green bean recipes below.

Recipe Ideas:

HOTM Green Beans Fact Sheet

HOTM Green Beans Marketing Poster 8.5×11

Taste Test Ideas:

  • Blanch fresh, local green beans (steam or boil for 3 minutes, place in ice water to stop the cooking, drain) for students to taste. Have students vote on whether they like fresh green beans.
  • Do a comparison taste test activity with fresh green beans and canned green beans. Have students record similarities and differences in texture, color, sound and taste.

Green Bean Jokes:

  1. What vegetable can tie your shoes? A. String beans.
  2. What is the fastest vegetable? A. A runner bean!

Teachers

Students and Families