A Seasonal Celebration of Local Fruits & Veggies
Illinois Harvest of the Month helps school districts, feeding sites, and early care centers source and celebrate seasonal, local food. Each month, registered participants highlight a different local item on their cafeteria menus or in their school gardens. Illinois Harvest of the Month brings more money to local farmers, healthier food to the cafeteria, and educational opportunities for students about healthy eating. Registration is free!
Helpful Tools to Grow Farm to School
When participants register for Illinois Harvest of the Month, they receive a suite of food service and home recipes, classroom activities, a tasting toolkit and marketing materials. Sites can also use the Extension Kit that allow grocery stores and the community to participate in Harvest of the Month. It’s a great way to take your farm to school program to the next level.
Local Sourcing Made Easy
The Illinois Farm to School Network is partnering with FarmLogix to ensure availability of local items through broadline and produce distributors. Registered food service directors also receive one-on-one technical assistance from the Illinois Farm to School Network (at no cost) if they would like to build direct relationships with local producers.