In April, mushrooms are being featured for the Harvest of the Month (HOTM) program. Mushrooms are available year-round and in many varieties. Check out these resources and ideas to celebrate Harvest of the Month with local mushrooms.
School Food Service Professionals
Morning announcement script:
- “Good morning! In April we are celebrating locally grown mushrooms for our Harvest of the Month program. Look for this 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.”
- “Good morning! In April we are celebrating locally grown mushrooms for our Harvest of the Month program. Look for mushrooms from this local farm (name the farm(s), if you can) in your lunch today (or on __________ day/date). Try local mushrooms and help us celebrate Harvest of the Month, which is our program that features a different locally grown fruit or vegetable each month.”
- Serve fresh sliced mushrooms on a salad bar or add them to pre-prepared salads.
- Roast or sauté fresh mushrooms and serve as a vegetable side.
- Sliced or chopped mushrooms can be added to a variety of dishes, such as soups, casseroles, and pasta dishes.
- Top burgers and pizza with sautéed mushrooms.
- Mushrooms on the Menu – a resource from Mushrooms In Schools showing a wide variety of school menu items that include mushrooms.
Taste test idea:
- Offer students slices of mushrooms, raw or cooked. Allow students to sample a variety of mushrooms to compare similarities and differences. Survey students about whether they liked the taste test.
- The Mushroom Council – the Mushroom Council works to promote fresh mushrooms. Learn about mushrooms, find nutrition information, recipes, and more on the website.
- Mushrooms: Farm 2 School – a resource from Mushrooms In Schools.
- Coming soon.
Students and Families
- HOTM Mushrooms Fact Sheet
- What’s Cooking? USDA Mixing Bowl – Search for recipes using mushrooms 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.
- MiPlato 10 Consejos: Agregue más vegetables a su día