June Harvest of the Month: Sugar Snap Peas

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June Harvest of the Month: Sugar Snap Peas

As if the start to summer vacation wasn’t sweet enough – yesterday students at all six elementary schools in Charlottesville snacked on delicious, nutritious, and locally-sourced sugar snap peas as part of the last iteration of this year’s Harvest of the Month: Garden to Table Snack Program.

Despite the rainy weather, the schools were abuzz with excitement about this crunchy, tasty pod fruit (yes – learned yesterday that it is, indeed, technically a fruit!) The sugar snap peas were sourced through the Local Food Hub and grown nearby on local farms. The gracious kitchen staff at Charlottesville City Schools as well as teams of Garden Coordinators and City Schoolyard Garden helped to wash and distribute the thousands of peas at the schools.

Adding to the celebration of this wonderful crop – last week CSG announced Greenbrier Elementary as the 2015 winner for the annual First Peas to the Table friendly pea-growing competition that happens across Charlottesville elementary schools. Congratulations to Greenbrier as well as to all of the first graders across Charlottesville who worked so diligently to grow a good English Shelling Pea crop in their school gardens this year! You can read more about this year’s close finish to the First Peas competition on CSG’s website.

Here are a few fun photos from yesterday’s snack delivery…

Volunteer, Marsha Kannary, helping to distribute sugar snap peas at Greenbrier Elementary.

Volunteer, Marsha Kannary, helping to distribute sugar snap peas at Greenbrier Elementary.

 

Excited about sugar snap peas at Burnley-Moran!

Excited about sugar snap peas at Burnley-Moran!

 

"I scream, you scream, we all scream for sugar snap peas" at Johnson Elementary!

“I scream, you scream, we all scream for sugar snap peas” at Johnson Elementary!

 

Student enjoying the sugar snap peas at Clark Elementary.

Student enjoying the sugar snap peas at Clark Elementary.