For FOOD SERVICE PROVIDERS:
Check out these ways to raise awareness of HOTM and get students excited about eating peaches!
Blurb for your school newsletter or menu:
August is National Peach Month! In the cafeteria this month we are featuring FRESH LOCAL PEACHES ! Locally grown PEACHES 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:
- Oatmeal with Fresh Peaches and Cinnamon
- Oat Fruit Scone
- Peach and Nectarine Smoothie Also a classroom activity!
- Yogurt Parfait
- Peach Muffin Squares (USDA)
- Add some summery sweetness to grain dishes like this Quinoa and Cucumber Salad
- Add peaches to your favorite fresh salsa recipe for a great sauce to use over chicken or beans.
- Add to a black bean and corn salad for a protein filled salad bar option
- Slice thin and serve over lettuce with a cilantro lime dressing for a southwestern inspired salad
- Peach Salsa (Oregon State University)
- Peach Salsa #2 (USDA)
- Peach & Carrot Smoothie (Oregon State University) – use fresh peaches!
- Savory Grilled Peaches (EatFresh.org)
For TEACHERS AND SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS
Here are some ideas for how to integrate peach-themed activities into classrooms and school gardens.
California’s Harvest of the Month program has a lot of great ideas in their Educator’s Corner with links to tools and resources such as activities, recipes, images and literature. Check out their list of peach related books here!
- Peach Tree Orchard activity (Preschool)
- This lesson from Idaho could be adapted (grades 3-5)
- Just Peachy (from Oklahoma, can be adapted for Massachusetts)
School garden activities
- Plant an orchard at your school with the “Fruit Tree 101” program.
- Plant Something MA has pointers for planting fruit trees in Massachusetts
For EARLY CARE AND EDUCATION (ECE) PROVIDERS
- Peach Tree Orchard (Grow It, Try It, Like It)
Children learn what peaches look like inside and out while getting a taste of this sweet summer fruit. Next, they learn how to plant them and will sing songs about peaches. The lesson ends with nutritional information and recipes kids can take home.
For FAMILIES AND CAREGIVERS
Peaches are a fantastic treat at the peak of summer.
- Many Massachusetts farms offer pick-your-own peach opportunities which makes a fun, delicious, and affordable family outing. Search for an orchard near you on this map.
- Download our family newsletter for fun facts and ideas about how to incorporate peaches into your meals at home.
- Check out this flyer in English and Spanish from UMass Extension with some great information and ideas for enjoying local peaches.
- Shopping and Storage Tips:
- Look for plump peaches with a sweet smell that are free of bruises and soft spots.
- Ripen peaches in a brown paper bag at room temperature.
- Once ripe, you can place them in a plastic bag in the refrigerator for up to 5 days, but allow them to reach room temperature before eating.
- Try making your own peach fruit leather!
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.