Sweet Potatoes

The Harvest of the Month (HOTM) featured item for November is sweet potatoes.  Check out these resources and ideas to celebrate Harvest of the Month with local sweet potatoes!


School Nutrition Professionals

Morning announcement script:

  • “Good morning students, November’s Harvest of the Month vegetable is sweet potatoes. Look for this delicious, nutritious vegetable in your school lunch today (or on ________ date).  Harvest of the Month is our program to feature a different locally grown fruit or vegetable each month.”

Menu ideas:

  • Serve sweet potatoes baked, mashed or roasted as a vegetable side.  See Quick Baked Sweet Potatoes – USDA Recipes for Schools.

Recipe ideas:

Taste test ideas:

  • Hold a taste test with raw sweet potato sticks (they can be eaten raw), baked sweet potato chips or fries, or roasted, cubed sweet potatoes.
  • There are many varieties of sweet potatoes.  Hold a taste test with several varieties and have students vote on their favorite.

HOTM Sweet Potatoes Fact Sheet

HOTM Sweet Potatoes Marketing Poster 8.5×11

General Resources:

  • US Sweet Potato Council – A voluntary organization supporting sweet potato growers in the United States.  Find sweet potato nutrition information and recipes.


Students and Families