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.”
- Serve fresh, sliced zucchini with low-fat dip or hummus.
- Add fresh, sliced or diced zucchini to salads or serve on a salad bar.
- 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.
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.
- Summer Squash and Zucchini – Find resources on summer squash and zucchini, from USDA’s Healthy Meals Resource System.
- Q. What is a zucchini’s favorite game? A: Squash!
Students and Families
- HOTM Zucchini Fact Sheet
- What’s Cooking? USDA Mixing Bowl – Search for recipes using zucchini 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 – English – 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
- MyPlate 10 Tips: Kid-Friendly Veggies and Fruits – English – A one page tip sheet on making healthy foods more fun for children, from USDA, Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion.
- MiPlato 10 Consejos: Vegetales y frutas para niños