The Food Service Department is bringing back the Harvest of the Month for the 2017-2018 school year. Harvest of the Month is a Farm to School initiative aiming to improve access to healthy foods while also positively influencing children’s attitudes about healthy eating. We’re working to promote healthier habits for students by offering a variety of seasonal and local (whenever possible) fruit and vegetable options. Throughout the last two weeks of each month, the lunchroom with feature Harvest of the Month fruit and vegetable options during lunch.
To support this initiative
- a featured fruit and vegetable served each month
- locally sourced (whenever possible)
- colorful signage to identify Harvest of the Month items
- a morning announcement to inform students
- educational information and student activities available here on the District’s website under the Lunch Program web page
- Partnership with Pete’s Market (Evergreen Park location) to promote Harvest items in their produce department
March's Harvest: Cucumbers
Fun Facts about Cucumbers!
Cucumbers belong to the plant family cucurbitaceae, which includes melons, squash, and pumpkins. Cucumbers originated in India around 3,000 years ago. Cucumbers come in many sizes, shapes, textures, and colors, including white, yellow, and even orange.Two common kinds of cucumbers grown in the U.S. include slicing and pickling. Slicing cucumbers are usually large with a thick skin, while pickling cucumbers are smaller with a thin skin. The biggest cucumber, grown in southern China, was 67 inches long and weighed 154 pounds. Wow!
Have you ever heard of the term “cool as a cucumber”? Did you know it is actually derived from the cucumber’s ability to cool the temperature of the blood? When a slice of cucumber is applied to an injury like a sprain, cucumber really does cool the blood and eases the swelling.
Quick Nutrition Facts:
- Cucumbers contain most of the vitamins you need every day! Just one cucumber contains Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B3, Vitamin B5, Vitamin B6, Folic Acid, Vitamin C, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium and Zinc.
- Feeling tired in the afternoon? Put down the caffeinated soda and pick up a cucumber. Cucumbers are a good source of B Vitamins and Carbohydrates that can provide that quick pick-me-up that can last for hours!
Cucumber featured recipe:
Cucumber classroom activity: