District of Excellence in Child Nutrition
Served 8.48 million meals during 2011-2012 school year
Will Buying Fresh Fruits And Vegetables During Winter Break The Bank?
Winter has arrived and your family is begging to have fresh fruits and vegetables at the table, and you find yourself wondering, "Which fruits and vegetables won't empty my wallet?" Many people think that once winter arrives, the only options for produce are either canned or frozen. This is due to some increases in prices they see at the grocery store. But if you are aware of the seasonal fruits and vegetables and look more closely at those prices, you will find that there are a lot of inexpensive fresh fruits and vegetables. The winter season usually goes from about December 20 to March 22, and there are many wonderful and delicious fresh fruits and vegetables that are low in price during those months. Also, the meal ideas are endless; you can make a fruit salad, add some various vegetables, like broccoli, Brussels sprouts, and cauliflower to a pasta salad or home-made pizza, or use them and some kale and chicken in a vegetable and protein soup. You can be as creative as you want, while still saving money.
Here's a list of various fruits and vegetables that are native to the winter season:
|Fruit||Month of Growth||Vegetable||Month of Growth|
|Grapefruit||December – February||Broccoli||December – March|
|Lemon||January – February||Brussels Sprout||December – March|
|Orange||December – February||Cabbage||December – February|
|Pears||December||Cauliflower||December – March|
|Tangelos||December – February||Kale||December – February|
|Tangerine||December – January||Leeks||December – March|
|One fruit and two vegetables that are usually inexpensive all year round are: bananas, celery, and potatoes, respectively.||Rutabagas||December – March|
|Turnips||December – March|
Food Service Mission
To provide students quality, nutritious meals at affordable prices