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Friday January 13th don’t forget to join us for our melted snowman treat day!
Available in all elementary schools
Wishing you the best this season! See you back January 3rd!
- The science of apple growing is called pomology.
- Most apples are still picked by hand.
- It takes 36 apples to make one gallon of apple cider.
- 25% of an apple’s volume is air; that’s why they float.
- One of George Washington’s hobbies was pruning his apple trees.
- A bushel of apples weights 42 pounds!
- Apples are part of the rose family, like pears and plums.
- Apples can range in size from as small as a cherry to as big as a grapefruit.
- Apple trees can live for more than 100 years.
- The average person eats roughly 65 apples per year.
This week Oct. 24th – 28th, elementary schools will get spaghetti squash from Schmidt’s Farm in West Jordan.
This week Oct. 3rd- 7th, all schools will get watermelon from Tagge’s in Brigham City and the secondary schools will feature fresh salad greens, cherry tomatoes, and radishes from New Roots Refugee Farm in West Valley.
Farm to school Sept 26 – 30th
Mix It Up With Mixed Greens!
- Green vegetables are a good source of iron which helps carry oxygen by blood through out the body.
- Green leafy vegetables can help lower cholesterol.
- Greens also have calcium which is great for bone health.
- Green vegetables contain Vitamin A which help with eye health and vision.
- Create your own salad with mixed greens and add your favorite toppings such as cherry tomatoes, walnuts, mandarin oranges, or your favorite dressing!
- Fall is around the corner so add leafy greens like spinach or kale to your favorite soup.
- Love smoothies? Add green vegetables to your fruit smoothies for a healthy boost and beautiful color!
What About Watermelon?
Wacky Watermelon Facts
- Early explorers would use watermelons as canteens.
- Watermelon can be considered both a fruit or a vegetable! A fruit because it is grown from a seed and has a sweet taste and a vegetable because it is from the same family as cucumbers, pumpkins, and squash.
- Watermelon comes in a variety of colors such as red, pink, yellow, orange, and even white!
- In 2013 the Guinness World Record for heaviest watermelon was 268 pounds.
- Watermelon is a thirst quencher! Watermelon contains 6% sugar and 92% water.
- Watermelon cleans out toxins from the kidneys and helps reduce inflammation that contributes to diabetes, colon cancer, and asthma.
- Watermelon is a great source of fiber, potassium, and vitamins A and C.
- Watermelon and watermelon juice can help with muscle soreness after physical activity.
Did You Know?
- Peaches were once called Persian Apples.
- The phrase “you’re a real peach” came from the tradition of giving a peach to someone you liked.
- Peaches are a member of the rose family.
- In 1981, the town of Gaffney, South Carolina built a water tower in the shape of a peach weighing in at over 10,000 pounds.
- 1/4 cup dry roasted almonds
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
4 fresh pitted dates
3 large peaches– use 6 if they are small but allow for 1/2 per serving
2/3 cup raspberries (if using frozen, defrost first)
2 teaspoons honey
- Crush almonds, cinnamon and dates until crumbly.
- Smash raspberries with honey until syrupy.
- Cut peaches in half and remove the pit.
- Arrange peaches on a serving dish.
- Spoon the smashed raspberries over the peaches .
- Scatter over the almond crumble mix.
- Serve immediately and enjoy. Serves 6
- Find recipe at: https://www.thehealthychef.com/2012/02/peach-raspberry-crumble/. .
This week Sept. 13-16th, we will feature Corn on the cob from Schmidt’s Farm & Greenhouse in West Jordan.
We are excited to have sweet corn on the cob for Farm to School this week! It’s harvesting season for corn, so we expect it to taste especially delicious. Special thanks to Schmidt’s Farm and Greenhouse for providing our schools with yummy local produce!
Something you may not know about…
- 1 ear of corn has approximately 16 rows and 800 kernels
- Corn is grown on every continent except Antarctica
- Corn is a good source of fiber. Fiber helps you feel full longer, and research has shown that those who eat more fiber tend to weigh less than those with a low-fiber diet. Fiber also promotes gut health!
- Most of us overcook fresh corn. It only needs to be boiled for just 4 short minutes! For the sweetest flavor just add a little lemon juice and sugar to your water, not salt.
Try local produce at home! Here are a few ideas to use corn in a tasty way:
- Add corn to a fresh salsa
- Cook corn in the microwave with the husk on! After 2-4 minutes in the microwave, the husk will come off easily.
- Try grilling your corn instead of boiling it.
Did You Know?
- Cantaloupe gets its name from the town Cantalupo, Italy.
- Cantaloupe will let you know when they are ripe! The vine will release from the fruit when they are ready to harvest.
- Cantaloupe is the most popular melon in the United States.
- The exact origin of cantaloupe is unknown but researchers believe it came from either Persia, India, or Africa
- Cantaloupe contains vitamin A which can help protect you eyes from infection and give you good eye sight.
- Cantaloupe is heart healthy! It contains potassium and electrolytes which help maintain a healthy heart rate and keeps your blood pressure down.
- Cantaloupe has vitamin C which can improve oral health and can help prevent you from getting sick.
Pearfect!! Farm to school this week Aug. 30- Sept. 2nd, we will feature Fresh Pears from Tagge’s Famous Fruits in Brigham City, Utah
- There are over 3,000 varieties of pears grown all over the world.
- Pears are native to Europe and Asia. In 1620, the first pear tree was planted in North America in Massachusetts Bay colony.
- Most of the pears sold in the United States are grown on the west coast in Oregon, Washington, and Northern California
- Pears are a great source of fiber which can help the digestive system and also help keep you fuller longer.
- In China, pears are a symbol of immortality.
- Oatmeal with walnuts or pecans
- Salad greens, walnuts, bleu cheese, and balsamic vinaigrette
- Peanut Butter and Pear sandwich
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