Illinois Harvest of the Month
Illinois Harvest of the Month helps child feeding, garden and education sites grow or source, and celebrate seasonal, local food. Each month, registered participants highlight a different local item on their cafeteria menus or in their school gardens. This free program provides resources for education, menu planning, taste tests and best practices to sites across Illinois!
Illinois Harvest of the Month brings more money to local farmers, healthier food to the cafeteria, and educational opportunities for students about healthy eating reconnecting them to the food they eat.
Learn more at the Illinois Farm to School website.
This month's features crop is grains! Did you know that farmland covers 27 million acres in Ilinois? Of all that land, 90% of the field crops are corn, soy beans, and wheat.
Want to try a recipie with grains at home? Make a batch of these banana oatmeal pancakes!
This month, we will be featuring apples as part of our partnership with Illinois Farm to School Network.
From the northern border to the southern tip, over 1,200 schools, daycares, offices, hospitals, and residential programs across the state of Illinois are celebrating National Farm to School Month with a Crunch! All schools will be participating in the Great Apple Crunch event on October 12 during lunch.
Try this recipe for BBQ Pork and Apple Kebabs at home!
September's featured veggie is corn! Sweet corn is a maize variety that has a particularly sweet taste in comparison to other varieties of maize, and it is also known as ‘pole corn’ and ‘sugar corn’.
Etudents at Euclid Elementary School and Indian Grove Elementary School got to help prepare lunch by shucking the corn brought in by Food Services in partnership with Illinois Farm to School Network. It was enjoyed as a part of lunch across the district.
Looking to try some corn at home? Here is a family recipe for Skillet Chili Lime Corn!