January | Beets & Rutabagas

We provide ready-to-go materials for your classroom, cafeteria and community to promote the use of local, seasonal foods. January’s Harvest of the Month is beets & rutabagas! These fleshy roots store well in the winter. Beets come in an array of colors, from golden yellow and deep purple, to red and white striped. These roots can be eaten raw or cooked: grate them for a fresh salad, or glaze them with a balsamic-honey blend and roast.


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-Extended Lessons

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Insert the Ads:
-Business Card Ad to insert in your newsletter.
-Table Top Ad to put in your restaurant or retail store.

Posters and Calendars For Sale!
Order the set of twelve posters, and receive one at the beginning of each month. Green Mountain Farm-to-School's 2014 calendar is HOM-themed! Both are available here.

Share the Harvest:
December's winner is Champlain Valley Union High School
—Food Service Director, Leo LaForce, and his staff, incorporated winter squash in various dishes throughout the month! Pictured is a Roasted Butternut Squash and Arugula Salad with a Mustard Orange Dressing—yum!

Show us how you're integrating HOM in your classroom, cafeteria, or community! If you actively use social media, like us on Facebook and participate in our Share the Harvest photo contest by uploading photos to our Facebook page. If you're not on Facebook, no worries, email us your photo here.
Photo Credit: Colleen Peryea French
Classroom Connections:

Art: Painting with Beet Juice

Supplies needed:

Paintbrushes, paper, containers for water and paint, cooking pot, blender, strainer and a diversity of beet varieties.


1. Cook beets, blend, strain and mix with water to create paint.

2. Beet juice stains easily, so have children wear smocks, if possible.

3. This a a great opportunity to teach students about shading: the more water you add, the lighter the paint becomes.


Source: GMFTS

Note: For extended, standards-based lesson plans on beets and rutabagas, please visit The Upper Valley Farm to School Network’s Harvest Lessons.

Photo Credit: woodleywonderworks, Creative Commons

Harvest of the Month is a project of Green Mountain Farm-to-School, Food Connects and The Upper Valley Farm to School Network, with funding support from Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc., the Harris and Frances Block Foundation, and the Vermont Community Foundation.
Have a request or suggestion? Please email us here. Share this newsletter with your family and friends, and enjoy January’s Harvest of the Month: beets & rutabagas!  

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