You can include apples in the salad bar, as a snack, on a breakfast bar, as an ingredient in a bakery item, side dish, or entree, in a field trip lunch, or as a taste test item. Included on this website are featured curriculum connections for apples, along with recipes for food service departments and for students and their families.
Also, the second Thursday in October is the day of the Illinois Great Apple Crunch! If you are bringing in local apples at other times of the year, why not go all out and celebrate the Crunch in October? Be sure to register here and check out the activities, resources, and recipes in the Great Apple Crunch Guide. Be a part of the Crunch! heard across the Great Lakes!
Are you a registered site?
Click here to get to your password protected page with all of the resources you need!
What do registered sites get?
- A seasonal calendar with featured food options for each of the four seasons in Illinois
- Fun Facts and Nutrition Facts for over thirty foods!
- Harvest of the Month featured item icons for your menu grids, web page, social media accounts, and take-home communications
- Curricular activities, book lists and other educational activities for various education levels
- Recipes for food service, families at home, and early childhood
- A monthly Harvest Tips email with seasonal featured foods chock-full of celebration tips and ideas; recipes for early childhood and food service; fun facts and nutrition facts; and ways to grow, menu and share featured foods
- An Extension Kit to take your Harvest of the Month program into your community with take-home recipes and surveys, a grocery store kit containing recipe card templates and signage for produce displays
- Technical assistance for procurement; incorporation of foods and recipes into your meal program, garden program or culinary arts program; general program assistance and an opportunity to share your program’s progress with others through voluntary case studies