In July, tomatoes are being featured for the Harvest of the Month (HOTM) program. Tomatoes are botanically a fruit, but used as a vegetable. There is nothing like a ripe tomato on its own or added to a variety of dishes. Check out these resources and ideas to celebrate Harvest of the Month with local tomatoes!
School Food Service Professionals
Morning announcement script:
- “Good morning! In July, we are celebrating locally grown tomatoes for our Harvest of the Month program. Look for tomatoes from this local farm (name the farm(s), if you can) in your lunch today (or on __________ day/date). Try local tomatoes and help us celebrate Harvest of the Month, which is our program that features a different locally grown fruit or vegetable each month.”
- Serve a tossed salad topped with ripe tomatoes.
- Add fresh sliced tomatoes to sandwiches and wraps.
- Tomato Cucumber Salad Recipe– from Cobb County School District, Food and Nutrition Services.
- Vidalia Onion & Tomato Salad – a Georgia Grown Test Kitchen recipe, from Carrollton City Schools Nutrition Program.
- Cherry Tomato and Corn Salad – New School Cuisine: Nutritious and Seasonal Recipes for School Cooks by School Cooks, page 28.
Taste test idea:
- Offer a taste testing of fresh, local tomatoes and survey students to see if they liked them.
- Consider offering several tomato varieties (Roma, heirloom, grape) and/or colors (red, orange, purple, green) to allow students to experience different kinds of tomatoes. Use a survey to see which varieties students prefer.
- Q. How do you fix a broken tomato? A. Tomato paste!
- July Food Based Learning – Tomatoes – suggestions for food based learning opportunities for tomatoes, from the Georgia Department of Education School Nutrition Program.
Students and Families
- HOTM Tomatoes Fact Sheet
- What’s Cooking? USDA Mixing Bowl – Search for recipes using tomatoes 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