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September is National Fruits and Vegetables month! Celebrate with students through the fall months by eating healthy snacks made with seasonal foods.

Use the recipes below for healthy classroom celebrations, a fun twist to science or farm-to-school lessons, or to simply enjoy seasonal fruits and veggies.

Grape Turtles


  • Kiwis
  • Grapes: Choose plump, firm grapes that are firmly attached to the stem.
  • Knife


  • Peel or cut kiwi skin.
  • Slices kiwis into ¼ to ½ inch slices. These will become the body of the turtle.
  • Keep several whole grapes in a bowl off to the side.
  • Cut several grapes into quarters. These will become the legs of the turtle.
  • Assemble the kiwi slices in the middle of a plate, place two cut up grapes on each side (to create 4 legs), and place one whole grape at the end of the kiwi (to create the head).
  • Take two kiwi seeds and place them on the head for eyes.
  • Eat and enjoy!


Pear Salsa


  • 1 Pear. Choose firm pears. Apply gentle pressure to the neck of the pear with your thumb. When the pear gives in to the pressure, it is ready to eat.
  • 1 Apple
  • 2 Kiwis
  • 1 Orange
  • 2 tablespoons of honey
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • Cinnamon graham crackers or other whole grain crackers
  • Mixing bowl
  • Cutting board
  • Serving spoon
  • Knife


  • Core and/or chop all fruit into fine, bite-sized pieces.
  • Combine chopped fruit in a medium bowl.
  • Pour honey and lemon juice over the fruit and gently toss.
  • Scoop bites of fruit salsa on crackers.
  • Eat and enjoy!


Healthy Scarecrow


  • Cauliflower: Choose cauliflower that is compact with white flowers and bright green, firmly attached leaves. Avoid brown spots or loose sections.
  • Broccoli
  • Radishes
  • Carrots
  • 1 Cucumber
  • Whole grain crackers
  • 1 oz container of low-fat Greek yogurt
  • Various spices
  • Large plate
  • Knife


  • Cut cauliflower, broccoli, and radishes into bite size pieces.
  • Cut carrots into sticks.
  • Cut cucumber into slices.
  • Spoon low-fat Greek yogurt into a container and spice according to taste.
  • Place two cucumber slices near the top of the container and place two small pieces of broccoli in the center of the cucumbers. This will create the scarecrow’s eyes! Place a triangle piece of carrot in the center for a nose, and place several pieces of carrot toward the bottom to create a mouth. Get creative!
  • Place yogurt container in the middle of the plate.
  • Place whole grain crackers above the yogurt to create the scarecrow hat.
  • Place cauliflower, broccoli, radishes and carrots along the sides to create a scarecrow head.


Parent volunteers can chop fruits and vegetables for the recipes above for your healthy classroom celebration or taste test.

Recruit a local farmer as a volunteer to teach a lesson to students about local, seasonal foods.

Have a local chef volunteer to demonstrate how to make a delicious and healthy meal or snack with seasonal foods.