May is National Strawberry Month.
The Harvest of the Month (HOTM) featured item for May is strawberries. Check out these resources and ideas to celebrate Harvest of the Month with local strawberries!
School Food Service Professionals
Morning Announcement Script:
- “Good morning! May is National Strawberry Month and the school cafeteria is featuring local strawberries. Try some sweet, juice strawberries today (or on ______ day/date) at breakfast or lunch and celebrate Harvest of the Month! Harvest of the Month is our program that features a different locally grown fruit or vegetable each month.”
- “Good morning! May is National Strawberry Month so we are featuring strawberries for our Harvest of the Month celebration. Try strawberries from these local farms (name the farm(s), if you can) in your school breakfast or lunch today (or on _________ day/date) and help us celebrate National Strawberry Month in May.”
- Serve fresh strawberries as a fruit serving on the breakfast or lunch menu or use as a garnish for added pops of color.
- Add fresh strawberries to a yogurt smoothie or parfait.
- Create a fresh fruit salad with strawberries and other fruits, such as blueberries, raspberries, cantaloupe or any fruits in season.
- Toss fresh, sliced strawberries in a green lettuce or spinach salad and serve with a light vinaigrette.
- Seasonal Fruit and Yogurt Parfaits – USDA Recipe for Schools.
- New School Cuisine: Nutritious and Seasonal Recipes for School Cooks by School Cooks, from Vermont FEED. Page 50, Strawberry Spinach Salad.
- What’s Cooking? USDA Mixing Bowl – search for standardized recipes for school food service using strawberries.
Taste Test Ideas:
- Offer a taste testing of fresh, local strawberries and have students evaluate if they liked them. Try different sized berries (small, medium and large) and have students vote on which size strawberry was the sweetest.
- Try a strawberry smoothie with this Create-a-Smoothie recipe from the National Dairy Council.
- Q. What do you throw a drowning strawberry? A. A strawberry preserver.
- Q. What resembles half a strawberry? A. The other half.
- Q. What do you call 150 strawberries bunched together? A. A strawberry jam!
- Strawberries – find resources on strawberries, from USDA’s Healthy Meals Resource System.
- If conducting taste testing activities in the classroom, review this Taste Testing Tool for ideas on how to integrate activities into the curriculum.
- The Great Garden Detective Adventure: A Standards-Based Gardening Nutrition Curriculum for Grades 3 and 4.
- Lesson 10: Discover Berry Sweet Evidence – a lesson about strawberries and raspberries/blackberries.
- Harvest of the Month_Counting Strawberry Seeds – activity sheet.
Students and Families
- HOTM Strawberries Fact Sheet
- What’s Cooking? USDA Mixing Bowl – Search for recipes using strawberries 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: Focus on Fruits – English – A one page tip sheet on choosing more fruit, from USDA, Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion.
- MiPlato 10 Consejos: Enfóquese en las frutas