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December Harvest of the Month this Wednesday

A Message from Food Services

The Harvest of the Month will take place this Wednesday, Dec. 13 in the school lunchroom. The featured item in this month’s lunch will be alliums (onions).

The harvest lunch on Wednesday is a turkey and gravy with mashed potatoes, green salad with chive ranch dressing, and a roll with butter. Samples of the chive ranch dressing with carrot sticks will be handed out by volunteers on Tuesday, Dec. 12 in elementary and middle school cafeterias.

Allium is the Latin word for garlic.  The genus Allium includes hundreds of species, including garlic, leeks, and chives, to name a few.  Alliums are a rich source of dietary fibers, B vitamins, vitamins A, C and K and minerals such as potassium, iron, calcium and magnesium.

A picture of alliums (green onions)This month’s educational slideshow on alliums can be found on the Whatcom-Farm-to-School website. Click here to access December’s information and presentation in a new window.

The recipe for potato leek soup below is courtesy of the farm-to-school team in case you’d like to try an allium recipe at home.
School menus for the new year are posted online.

Thank you for supporting healthy school lunches and for teaching our students the appreciation of local produce. We consider our cafeterias to be important classrooms for food education and we appreciate your support on Harvest of the Month days to help educate students about healthy eating choices.