December Harvest of the Month-Brussels Sprouts

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December Harvest of the Month-Brussels Sprouts

What an exciting and inspiring day last Thursday during the final 2018 Harvest of the Month. Going into Thursday, we tried to be practical in our thoughts that Brussels Sprouts were going to be a difficult sell. If you google “kids with Brussels Sprouts” your search explodes with many pictures of kids with turned up noses and grumpy pouts with plates full of steamed Brussels sprouts.  There is a general societal understanding: kids don’t like Brussels Sprouts. As adults we know this to be true.

We were so thrilled to find relief in the Harvest of the Month tastings; kids are adventurous, kids experiment and at lunchtime kids are hungry. Students were unwavered by the fact that they have never tasted a Brussels Sprout before and quickly popped a tiny roasted Brussels Sprout right in their mouth. Being stationed at Charlottesville High School, I continued to wait for the grimace from a high schooler that realized there is a distinct bite or bitterness that come from a roasted sprout that is pretty unique. This grimace—of all the students who tried them for the first time—never came. Not once. One student who tried them for the first time came back two more times and said that she just love how they taste.

We had a dedicated chef at the CHS Central Kitchen, John, who spent Thursday morning roasting 150lbs of Brussels Sprouts to be distributed by 9:45am and he had them cooked to perfection with time to spare. The small size of the Brussels sprouts made the caramelizing process much quicker and helped ensure that the students get the best version of brussels sprouts to try.

Students were not the only ones to enjoy a new and tasty crop! Even Ms. Page, the assistant principal at Venable Elementary had her first taste of brussels sprouts.

A huge thank you to our preparation volunteers–a group of 6 hard working first year med students who volunteer every month to help wash, slice, dice and prepare the monthly produce for cooking. We are also grateful for all of the community members, parents, members of the Albemarle Garden Club and others who show up the day of Harvest of the Month to distribute to students!


We miss seeing our CSG students in the gardens, UACC friends at community markets, and CFJN partners in advocacy. Please know our hearts and minds are with you. We are working to provide coordination for emergency food assistance and to get the gardens robust and ready for your return. In solidarity -Jeanette, Megan, Aleen, Richard, Shantell, Jordan, Shannon, Mackenzie, Sarah, Tami, Yolonda, Leon, Michael, Rick & Peter

Ode From the Garden

It’s quieter now, less traffic, more bees;

more birds in the garden, more buds on the trees.

Our onions are nestled all snug in raised beds,

Along with potatoes like Kennebecs, and Reds.



Rain falling, birds calling, bugs crawling about,

A gardener keeps gardening when branches branch out.

The sound of Spring rising and cool morning dew,

But there’s one sound we’re missing, and that sound is you.



Ms Shannon, Ms Sarah, Misters Davis and Harden,

Ms Yolonda, Ms Mackenzie, Farmer Rich in the garden.

Don’t worry, we’ll be here when school starts again,

The CSG Gardeners and all of your friends.



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