The Harvest of the Month (HOTM) featured item for September is zucchini.  Check out these resources and ideas to celebrate Harvest of the Month with local zucchini and grow your farm to school program.


School Nutrition Professionals

  • Morning announcement script:

“Good morning students.  This month’s Harvest of the Month vegetable is zucchini!  Look for this tasty summer squash 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 in the cafeteria.”

Menu ideas:

  • Serve fresh, sliced zucchini with low-fat dip or hummus.
  • Add fresh, sliced or diced zucchini to salads or serve on a salad bar.

Recipe ideas:

  • What’s Cooking? USDA Mixing Bowl – Search for quantity recipes using zucchini in this interactive website, from the United States Department of Agriculture, Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services.

HOTM Zucchini Fact Sheet

HOTM Zucchini Marketing Poster 8.5×11

Taste test idea:

  • Offer sliced local zucchini as a taste test. Survey students on whether they like them.  Provide education on the nutrients found in zucchini. Visit the Harvest of the Month page for taste testing resources.

General Resources:

Zucchini joke:

  • Q. What is a zucchini’s favorite game?   A: Squash!


Students and Families