Lettuce Try It!

 

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Did you celebrate Farm to School Month this October with Lettuce Try It?

If so, tell us what you did here!

 

So, Why Lettuce? Lots of reasons! Did you know that:

  • Leafy greens meet school meal requirements. Romaine, mesclun, spinach, kale, and other kinds of lettuces satisfy the Dark Leafy Greens subgroup in USDA school meal regulations.
  • Georgians eat more than 285 million pounds of lettuce a year, but right now we grow less than one-tenth of 1% of that.
  • If all the lettuce consumed by Georgians were produced and sold in the state, it would mean an additional $83.6 million of direct revenue for farmers.
  • There are lots of great varieties of lettuce that grow well in Georgia. It’s also an easy crop for school gardens to plant in the fall and harvest before the winter break.
  • Lettuce has a longer shelf life if bought locally.
  • Lettuce is a nutritious vegetable being served in lots of school cafeterias, but not all students are eating it yet.

 

You can read more about the economic impact of lettuce in Georgia here.

How Will We Try It?

 

Sign up here for Lettuce Try It and you will receive the following resources:

  • What is Lettuce Try It?
  • Lettuce Lesson Plans (for preschool through high school)
  • How to Host a Lettuce Taste Test
  • Recipes for Salad Dressings
  • How to Grow Lettuce in a School Garden
  • Lettuce Varieties
  • Regional List of Farmers who want to work with Schools
  • Regional List of Chefs who want to work with Schools
  • Lettuce Promotion and Marketing Tools
  • Post Harvest Lettuce Handling and Safety
  • Lettuce Try It Media Alert for Local Press
  • Lettuce Try It Press Release

 

Why are Taste Tests Important?

Taste tests are small samples of food, served separately from lunch, that introduce a food’s flavor, texture, and smell. Students try a small bite of something, then vote on whether they liked it and would try it again.

 

Taste Tests are important because:

  • Fussiness about food is a normal part of a child’s development.  Young children naturally distrust new things.
  • New foods need to be introduced to kids anywhere from 7 to 15 times before they can decide if they like it!
  • Taste tests are a low-pressure way to create adventurous eaters and encourage a culture of trying new foods.

 

Read more about taste tests here and watch this video to learn how to host a successful taste test.

 

 

I want Lettuce Try It at my school! How do I participate?

 

① Sign up here! We’ll send you resources and materials for Lettuce Try It at your school!

 

② Plan your school’s Lettuce Try It activities.

  • Form a team of Lettuce Leaders
  • Decide if you will do lettuce lessons or a field trip to a farm in addition to a lettuce taste test
  • Set a date
  • Make a plan for promoting and marketing lettuce before the taste test

 

③ Buy lettuce! We’ll send you a list of farmers in your region to turn to for lettuce.

 

④ Host a lettuce taste test.

 

⑤ Tell us about your Lettuce Try It activities!

  • Send us the data from the taste test.
  • Send us pictures.
  • Tell us what the kids thought!

 

Questions? Lettuce help! Email Emily Rose at emily@georgiaorganics.org or call 678-702-0400.

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