Pears Resources!


For FOOD SERVICE PROVIDERS:

Let your students know that pears taste great and are grown here in Massachusetts!

Blurb for your school newsletter or menu:
This month for Harvest of the Month we’re featuring PEARS!  With help from the Massachusetts Farm to School Project, our school cafeteria will include produce from local farms throughout this school year. October’s Harvest of the Month crop is PEARS, which 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 school lunches:

Pears are wonderful as a grab-and-go fruit.  Why not offer a colorful array of varieties on the lunch line?  Try these recipes too!

Recipes for college dining services:

Pear Taste Test:

Pears come in so many different shapes, colors, textures and tastes.  Why not introduce a few Massachusetts grown varieties with a taste test in the cafeteria or classroom?  Click here for a quick step-by-step guide and here for Vermont FEED’s complete “A Guide to Taste Testing Local Food in Schools”.

Pear Trivia:
Get students excited about pears! Post these facts on your bulletin board or include them on your lunch menu (you can also find them on the back of the Pears Harvest of the Month Trading Cards).

  • History: The Bartlett pear is the most widely grown pear in the US and was first planted in this country in 1797 in Dorchester, Massachusetts.
  • Production: Pears do not ripen properly on the tree so growers pick the fruit when it is mature, but still green and let the pears finish ripening off the tree. Pears in Massachusetts mature from September through November and every pear is handpicked.
  • Fun Fact: There are more than 3,000 varieties of pears worldwide.
  • Nutrition: A medium sized pear packs 6 grams of fiber, which equals about 1/4 of your daily value for fiber!

For TEACHERS AND SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS

Here are some ideas for how to integrate pear-themed activities into classrooms and school gardens.

Text for morning announcements

“Good morning, this is _____, with a Harvest of the Month soundbite. This month we are featuring fresh, healthy, LOCALLY GROWN PEARS in the cafeteria. Did you know that pears come in many shapes and sizes?  In fact, there are over 3,000 varieties of pears worldwide! Look for PEARS grown in local orchards (name the farm(s) you’re purchasing from, if you can) in school lunches this month. Can you taste the difference?”

Classroom activities

School garden activities


For EARLY CARE AND EDUCATION (ECE) PROVIDERS

Pears are tasted and measured, counted, and sorted so children can practice basic math skills.


 

For FAMILIES AND CAREGIVERS

Share this information and try a pear recipe at home!


Our sponsors

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.

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