Next Farm to School taste test set for Nov. 11

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District elementary schools will hold their third Farm to School taste test of the 2016-17 school year on Friday, Nov. 11.

Students will sample kohlrabi, a wonderful vegetable that loves growing in Wisconsin's cool fall temperatures. Kohlrabi that sounds a lot like a green apple when you describe it.  It has a green skin, is crunchy and crispy, is tangy sweet and has white flesh. 

But in his book “The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth,” the nutritionist Jonny Bowden describes this vegetable as:

  • The ugliest vegetable you’ve ever loved.
  • A vegetable with more Vitamin C than an orange and as much potassium as a banana.
  • What happens when broccoli and cabbage get married.
  • A cross between an octopus and a space capsule.

Students will get to enjoy kohlrabi raw and cut into sticks in their respective elementary lunchrooms but check out  5 Tasty Ways to Prepare Kohlrabi at home. 

If you have any questions about the Farm to School program or would like to volunteer in the lunchrooms, please e-mail Alicia Meyer.

The next Taste Test will be Jan. 27, 2017.

Elementary schools held their second Farm to School taste test on Oct. 14 with the Great Apple Crunch Challenge. October was National Farm to School month.

Apples are a common snack in the fall but many haven't tried some unique varieties, such as Zestar, Mollie’s Delicous, SweeTango or HoneyGold?  Children will use their senses of smell, taste and sight to compare two different and uncommon varieties of apples in the lunchroom, Alicia Meyer said. 

The next taste test will take place on Friday, Nov. 11 and will involve Kohlrabi if they are still available through local farms, Meyer said.

The 2016-17 Farm to School taste test kicked off on Sept. 30 with beets from Elderberry Hill Farm.

Beets come in many colors -- from pink, to golden, to striped. But all beets are incredibly nutritious. Beets can be roasted, pickled or grated with apples.

Visit this website for some creative Raw Beet Recipes.

The taste teste included raw beets, sliced thin and sprinkled with salt or sugar. The simple seasoning brings out the brightness of the veggie and keeps crunchy.