Tomato Resources!


For FOOD SERVICE PROVIDERS

Check out these ways to raise awareness of HOTM and get students excited about eating tomatoes!

Blurb for your school newsletter or menu:
Harvest of the Month promotes a different Massachusetts-grown crop each month in school cafeterias across the state. With help from Massachusetts Farm to School, our school cafeteria will include produce from local farms throughout this school year. September’s crop of the month is TOMATOES, which will be featured in ___(dish)___ on __(date)______. To learn more about Harvest of the Month, visit http://www.massfarmtoschool.org/hotm/.

Recipes for school lunches:


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For TEACHERS AND SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS

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

Text for morning announcements

“Good morning, this is _____, with a Harvest of the Month soundbite. Did you know that on average the food you eat travels 1,500 miles from where it’s grown to reach your plate?  This week we are featuring fresh, healthy, LOCALLY GROWN foods in the cafeteria. Look for TOMATOES grown by local farmers (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

  • Create a pizza garden! Choose one of your school garden beds to turn into a pizza garden. In the fall, plant garlic. In the spring, plan herbs (such as basil and oregano), onions, peppers, and tomatoes. Harvest the following year and make a delicious pizza! For more information on how to plan your garden bed, click here.
  • Six plant parts activity  (Hidden Villa)

For EARLY CHILDCARE AND EDUCATION (ECE) CENTERS

Children will gain familiarity with different types of tomatoes and explore how they taste. Children become comfortable with tasting new foods in the supportive, positive environment of their preschool. Children learn that many vegetables come in lots of different varieties that all look and taste different.

Children learn how to make their own snack and through a hands-on cooking experience gain motivation to try a new local vegetable. Children become comfortable with tasting new foods in the supportive, positive environment of their preschool. Children learn about kitchen utensils and how to use them to make a specific recipe.


 

For FAMILIES AND CAREGIVERS


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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