October | Broccoli & Cauliflower

We provide ready-to-go materials for your classroom, cafeteria and community to promote the use of local, seasonal foods. October's Harvest of the Month is broccoli & cauliflower! Broccoli and cauliflower can be eaten raw, steamed, boiled or roasted and absorb flavors well. The "heads" are actually comprised of flower buds!
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Harvest of the Month is a project of Green Mountain Farm-to-School and Food Connects with funding from the Vermont Community Foundation.


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September's winner is Food Connects—they held a cherry tomato taste test at their Neighborhood Market!
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Classroom Connections:
Science: Root, Fruit or Other?
Supplies needed: multiple fruits and veggies (refer to list below), brown paper bag or basket and signs (reading: root, stem, leaves, bud, flower, fruit, seed).
1) Designate a place in the room for each plant part. You can spread signs out around the classroom, in an outdoor space, or have the class gather in a circle and place a sign for each plant part within the circle.
2) Review the role of each plant part.
3) Have students, individually or in teams, pull out an item from the bag, decide what part of a plant it is, and place it in the appropriate spot.
4) Review all of the items as a class to make sure they were sorted correctly.

Plants Parts:
Roots: absorb water and nutrients from the soil, store food, and anchor the plant
Stems: carry water, stores food
Leaves: make food
Buds: turn into flowers
Flowers: attract pollinators
Fruits: hold seeds and is tasty to attract animals
Seeds: grow new plants

Part of  Plant:           

Fruit or


Beet, Parsnip, Rutabaga




Herbs, Kale, Lettuce


Broccoli, Cauliflower




Blueberry, Summer Squash, Tomato,
Winter Squash


Beans, Corn, Wheat

Source: Upper Valley Farm-to-School
Note: For an extended, standards-based version of this lesson plan, please visit Upper Valley Farm-to-School’s Harvest Lessons

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