• Harvest of the Month

    Each month, as part of the Harvest-of-the-Month Program, a different food item is featured.  Beans are the featured vegetable for December. 


    Ever heard the term, "cool beans?"  There are several ideas about where the term originated.  Check out two of the explanations below. cool beans

    • "Cool beans" is a phrase that uses nonsense (such as raining cats and dogs) to bring humor to a joyful exclamation.  In the late 1960s and early 1970s, slang terms centered around illogical use of words and cool beans was one of the most common (and long lasting) phrases.  Though "cool beans" have cooled off and faded with the times, you occasionally still hear people say it.

    • Some say the phrase originated in Boston.  When the cook took baked bans from the oven and they were just cool enough to eat, the cook would announce, "Cool beans!"  In the mid 1980s, Duke (a "talking" dog) used the phrase in a commercial for a well-known brand of baked beans.

    Whenever possible featured foods are obtained from local farmers, and organic fruit and vegetables are our preferred choice.  Harvest of the Month gives students an opportnity to enjoy many items grown in Washington. . . some of them from right here in the Green River Valley!

    On the day the featured Harvest-of-the-Month food is being served you will see a small food icon on school lunch menus.  Take a look at menus to find the icon and encourage your student, if he or she does not usually eat school lunch, to eat school lunch on one of the harvest-of-the-month days. 

    How can parents/guardians share in the Harvest-of-the-Month experience?

    • Look up fun facts about featured foods and talk about them!

    • Involve your student in shopping for, selecting, and preparing seasonal foods in your home.  Try kid-tested recipes from Cookus Interruptus or many other sources.

    • Encourage your student to choose to eat school lunch on the day the Harvest-of-the-Month food is featured (even if he/she does not usually eat school lunch).  You can quickly tell which day the harvest-of-the-Month selection is being featured by looking for the graphic/icon of that item on school lunch menus.

    Learning about different foods helps encourage students to expand their knowledge about how and where foods grow, and expand their palate by tasting new or different foods.  By linking the cafeterias with classrooms with educational materials that focus on the featured local food item that will be served each month, instructors have an opportunity to incorporate activities and open-ended exploration by students.  Educational packets promote math, science, health, reading, and gardening--centered around the featured food of the month.



  • Harvest of the Month
    Child Nutrition Services-School Meals
    1302 4TH ST SW · Auburn, WA 98001
    (253) 931-4972
       hom 2017-18