The Harvest of the Month promotion began last school year and continues to be a popular event at all 87 schools in Loudoun County this year. This farm to school promotion allows all students in the county to try a new seasonal fruit or vegetable at no cost each month. Students have been able to try everything from parsnips and tricolor cauliflower to locally grown apples.
The feature item for February is starfruit. This will be available during lunch to all elementary students on Thursday, February 16th as part of the Taste It Thursday promotion and to all middle and high school students on Friday, February 17th as part of the Fear Factor Friday promotion.
Not only does this promotion help expose students to new food items, it has also turned into a successful collaboration between School Nutrition Services and Monroe Technology graphic arts students. The students design all of the posters for the events and send them to the schools monthly as their One to the World project.
The School Nutrition staff works closely with the students to discuss themes, design, and the Registered Dietitians work with them to provide interesting facts about each item being featured. These events take place each month. There is a great lineup for the rest of the school year with blood oranges, watermelon radishes and fresh strawberries being the featured items.
Want to know more about this promotion? Visit your school cafeteria or stop by the School Nutrition website to discover some of the other activities we have going on in our schools.