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    Exciting News!  The EWSD Child Nutrition Team has pledged to be part of the VT Harvest of the Month (VTHOM). Whether you eat it, grow it, sell it, or just want to try it, Vermont Harvest of the Month (VTHOM) is a resource for changing the way Vermonters eat and think about food.This farm to school initiative is a statewide network providing leadership, coordination, and advocacy to advance new and existing farm to school efforts in Vermont classrooms, cafeterias, and communities. 



    For more information or to get involved. Contact Bonnie Szarkowski at (802) 857-7528 or or Meghan Seifert  (802) 857-7528 or




    November Harvest of the Month

    Sweet Potatoes


    Kid-friendly Cooking Tips:

    Slice, toss with oil and seasonings, and bake for quick sweet potato fries.

    Combine chopped sweet potatoes, apples, and cinnamon and bake for a sweet dessert.

    Sauté diced sweet potatoes, onions, and peppers to make a delicious vegetable hash.

    Bake whole sweet potatoes and serve with a choice of toppings.



    Sweet potatoes are not related to the potato but rather are a member of the morning glory family. They are regarded as one of the most nutrient dense vegetables and both the skin and flesh are edible. These tubers are native to Central America and come in white, yellow, and orange varieties. Although often confused with yams, sweet potatoes are more flavorful and less starchy. 


    Storage Tips:

    Store in a cool, dry location- like a pantry or garage. Sweet potatoes bruise easily, so handle with care. Do not store raw sweet potatoes in the refrigerator to preserve texture and flavor


     Nutrition Information:

    Sweet potatoes are fat-free and cholesterol-free.

    Sweet potatoes are an excellent way to eat healthy and have unique health benefits!  They are loaded with vitamins A, C, E, and are high in Beta Carotene.  They are an excellent source of copper, manganese, potassium, iron, vitamin B-6, and antioxidants that can help prevent heart disease and cancer, bolster the immune system and even slow aging by promoting good vision and healthy skin. 

    Sweet potatoes are a superfood and they taste great!  They are excellent accompaniments to poultry, pork, beef, lamb or seafood.  They can also be substituted in virtually any recipe that calls for apples, squash or white potatoes.


Recent News

  • EWSD Receives $4,500 Grant for Farm to School Initiatives

    kids cook  The Essex Westford School District (EWSD) Child Nutrition Program/Farm to School and the Farm to School Community Committee have received a $4,500 Lowe’s Toolbox for Education grant for hands-on learning in the District’s gardens and classrooms initiatives. The mission of the grant application was based on the goal to promote healthy eating and raise awareness of local food systems. Read the full story.

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