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Classroom Activity Accompanying Books Description Suggested Month
No Cook Tomato Sauce I Will Never Not Ever Eat A Tomato This fresh tomato sauce can be especially colorful when made with a variety of heirloom tomatoes. The associated lesson plan includes literature selections and fun tomato activities. August
Farm Fresh Salsa Chicks and Salsa Students work together to make and name farm fresh salsa. We discuss and show photos of the farmers who grew the food and talk about how each veggie was grown. August
Garden Plot Crackers Scarlette Bean Students prepare, design, and make their own edible “garden plot” using local produce. September
Local Cucumber Stacks Cucumber Soup Students work together to make farm fresh cucumber stacks. They learn to chop, cut, spread, and share! From washing their hands to cleaning up the utensils, students learn how to cook a fun, nutritious lunch or snack on their own! September
Apple Cabbage Quesadillas Vegetable Dreams Students work together to cook quesadillas using produce from the school garden and/or local farms. October
Sweet Potato Fritters Sweet Potato Pie A delicious recipe for sweet potato fritters. The associated lesson plan includes instructions for making your own sweet potato slips. November
Apple Carrot Salad Apple Picking Time This classroom-friendly recipe does not require any cooking, and the local apples make it a sweet treat that kids will love! The associated lesson plan includes classroom suggestions for apple activities. December
Spinach Smoothies Oliver’s Milkshake Students make green smoothies using local spinach and fruit. The associated lesson plan contains fun facts about spinach, curriculum connections, and extension activities. March
Swiss Chard Smoothies Oliver’s Milkshake These delicious green smoothies are made with local Swiss chard. The associated lesson plan includes classroom suggestions for additional activities to do with greens. March
Lettuce Wraps Tops and Bottoms This kid-friendly recipe is classroom-friendly, too! It does not require heat or special equipment and students of all ages will enjoy creating and dipping their lettuce wraps. April
Strawberry Salsa The Berry Book Make salsa with your students using fresh, local strawberries. May