November Harvest of the Month—ASIAN PEARS

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November Harvest of the Month—ASIAN PEARS

Harvest of the Month is in full swing this year. Now, in our third month of the year, we are highlighting ASIAN PEARS. With pears from Saunders Brothers Farm, last week we kicked off the month with a taste test in the cafeteria. With cutting boards and wedgers in hand, we showed up to the schools to taste test the crispy, sweet, juicy Asian Pear.

We’ve been so excited this year to make some additions to the Harvest of the Month program. Firstly, this summer we met with Carlton Jones, Nutrition Director at CCS, who agreed to highlight the Harvest of the Month crop once, sometimes twice a month on the lunch line– adding more exposure to the crops this year. So far we have highlighted local Watermelon (September), Zucchini (October) and Asian Pears (November) all of which have made their way into the lunch lines at least twice each month.

Wren Ackerman, student artist of the Harvest of the Month drawing.

Asian Pears available at the UACC Community Gathering this month.

CSG has also set priority to highlight the crop at events and in the garden spaces more. If you attended the 10th Annual Fall Harvest Festival, you may remember the sautéed Zucchini tasting done there, or you may have seen all our social media pictures of students eating watermelon out in the CSG gardens. These additions to our program, in combination, have strengthened the connection between the monthly taste tests with the food that we eat in the garden and food that gets served up on the lunch line. This month, highlighting Asian Pears was a great opportunity to highlight a crop that regularly served on the lunch line, and give students an opportunity to try them before choosing the item on the lunch line.

At Clark Elementary school we had many students who knew the crop already. “Ooo! I love those things! I get them at lunch!” one of the students said as I walked up to the lunch table.” Another student had wide eyes as they tasted it “It’s so sweet! Can I have a bunch of samples?” Even one student who was uninterested in trying it came up to ask for one a few minutes before lunch ended. By that time, she had eaten half a pear worth of taste tests.

Cindy, Harvest of the Month Volunteer.

The Greenbrier kitchen continued to ring with the question “Are THOSE apples?” When they figured out what it was, they said “Oh, I love those!” encouraging their friends to try it as well.

Now that students have tasted them, we plan to highlight them throughout the month in the garden. Sarah Wayne and Mary Craig, the Garden Coordinator and Librarian at Clark, just completed another pear lesson highlighting the book “Are We Pears Yet” and eating more pears. We are excited to continue the pears as a snack through the month.

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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