- For Food Service Providers
- For Teachers and School Administrators
- For Early Care and Education (ECE) Providers
- For Families and Caregivers
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!
- Pear Cinnamon Ginger Oat Smoothie
- Tangy Thai Lime Salad
- Turkey Burgers with Caramelized Pears
- Pear, Sausage, and Fontina Calzones
- Fresh Pear and Mandarin Orange Spinach Salad
- Pear Carrot Cranberry Muffins
- Grilled Cheese and Pear Sandwich
- Pear Quesadilla
- Pear and Cabbage Slaw
- Breakfast Pear Parfait
- Roasted Pears and Parsnips
- Baked Pears
- Pear Breakfast Cookie
- BBQ Chicken & Pear Pizza
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”.
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?”
- Pear Facts Mix & Match Activity Sheet (K)
- Pear Connect the Dots Activity Sheet (K)
- Focus on Fruits (Iowa Dept. of Public Health) (K-1)
- How Pears Ripen Activity (USA Pears) (K-4)
- Why Does Fruit Turn Brown Activity (USA Pears) (K-4)
- History of pears (for grades 5-8)
- Pear Taste Test Activity Ideas (from Oregon, adapt for Massachusetts)
- California’s Pear Harvest of the Month Info Sheet
School garden activities
- Information on how to plant a pear tree in your school or home garden
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!
- See our pear newsletter for facts about pears and how to use them.
- Info sheet about pears. Click here to download.
- Why not try making this sweet, cold Pear Slush in your blender?
- Here is a link to some great information about how shop for ripe pears.
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.