For FOOD SERVICE PROVIDERS:
Check out these ways to raise awareness of HOTM and get students excited about eating cucumbers!
Blurb for your school newsletter or menu:
In the cafeteria this month we are featuring FRESH LOCAL CUCUMBERS as the Harvest of the Month! Locally grown CUCUMBERS will be featured in ___(dish)___ on __(date)______. To learn more about Harvest of the Month, visit http://www.massfarmtoschool.org/hotm.
Recipes for K-12 Schools:
- Chilled Cucumber Yogurt Soup (Center for Ecoliteracy)
- Thai Cucumber Salad (Center for Ecoliteracy)
- Cucumber & Dill Salad (CAFF.org)
- Marinated Fresh Vegetable Salad (Iowa Department of Education)
- Cucumber Turkey Hoagie w Yogurt Spread (Minnesota Public Schools)
- Cucumber Apple Salad (Mass. Farm to School)
- Vegetable Gyros (Washington Dept. of Education)
- Greek Grilled Chicken Salad (Wisconsin Public Schools)
- True Greek Salad (Indiana Dept. of Education)
- Vegetable Wraps (Institute of Child Nutrition)
- Two Cucumber Salads (Fresh From the Farm Mass. Farm to School)
- Tomato Cucumber Parsley Salad (Project Bread’s Let’s Cook Healthy School Meals)
For TEACHERS AND SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS
Here are some ideas for how to integrate cucumber-themed activities into classrooms and school gardens.
- Hydrating Summer Foods Lesson (Preschool)
- Cucumber Stacks activity (Preschool)
- Cucumber Exploration (K-2)
- Cucumber in a Bottle (K-3)
- In a Pickle (Grades 3-5)
- Cucurbits Lesson (Grades 1-5)
- Seed Sleuth (Grades 3-4)
- Food Preservation: Quick Pickles (Grades 4-10)
- Cucumber Chemistry (Grades 7-12)
- Find more information on the USDA cucumber page
School garden activities
- The last week of May or the first two weeks of June is the time to sow cucumber seeds. Check out our School Garden Resources page.
For EARLY CARE AND EDUCATION PROVIDERS
- Farm to Preschool Curriculum (Occidental College Farm to Preschool)
This resource has three lessons for preschoolers about cucumbers. The first lesson will let students learn how cucumbers are mostly water and why water is so important for the body, as well as plant their own cucumber plant. Lesson two will teach students about a variety of vegetables and how the standard serving size for vegetables is 1/2 cup. Lesson three teaches students where cucumbers in grocery stores come from, and has the class prepare a salad together.
- Cucumber Stacks (Growing Minds Farm To School)
Children learn how to make their own snack and through a hands on cooking experience gain motivation to try a new vegetable. Children learn about kitchen utensils and how to use them to make a specific recipe.
For FAMILIES AND CAREGIVERS
Local Cucumbers are a refreshing treat in the summer heat!
- Download our family newsletter for fun facts and ideas about how to incorporate cucumbers into your meals at home.
- Cucumbers are 96% water and are an excellent source of vitamin K.
- Shopping and Storage Tips:
- Choose firm, dark green cucumbers that are heavy for their size.
- Refrigerate them in a plastic bag for up to one week.
- Try making a cucumber yogurt dip using local cucumbers!
- Try making cucumber cups and filling them with dip or tuna/chicken/egg salad.
- Add cucumbers & mint to your water to make a flavorful, healthy drink.
Thank you to Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts and the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources for helping to make Harvest of the Month possible.