Welcome to Taste Test Day!

The Taste Test Day program is a program for elementary school students.  Once a month during the lunch period students are offered the opportunity to sample and learn about a vegetable or fruit.  Local, seasonal produce is used from Land’s Sake Farm as much as possible.  In addition to providing a chance to taste a new item, we offer a variety of preparations to expand the student’s expectations of the ingredient.  This also allows the Foodservice Department a chance to test new menu ideas.  We have added kale pesto, Three Sisters Soup and white bean hummus to our menu as the result of student feedback during taste tests.  Does your child already love vegetables? How do you prepare them? Does your family have a favorite dish? Let us know! Your recipe could be featured for our Taste Test Days program or even on our menu! Please send ideas and recipes to Kelly Shaw!

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Kindergarten Art students helped graph the results from our kale pesto taste test. It was a hit!

Taste Test Days

January Taste Test Days

Country: January 23rd

Field: January 24th

Woodland: January 25th

This month we will be tasting Pumpkin Seed Butter and Maple Roasted Sunflower Butter from 88 Acres Farm!  These seed butters are high in protein, heart-healthy fat, and fiber.  They are produced locally in a nut-free, gluten-free facility.  Students will be able to try each butter on an apple slice, carrot or celery stick.

December Taste Test Days

Taste Test Days was very well-received this month!  We celebrated carrots as the Massachusetts Harvest of the Month by tasting Apple Carrot Muffins.  The recipe was adapted from 100 Days of Real Food and was requested numerous times.  They are sweetened with honey and the amount has been decreased to limit the amount of added sugar.  These muffins make a great snack and this simple recipe is a great way to get students involved in the kitchen!

“These brownies taste like brownies!”  “I don’t like black beans, but I like these.”  The Flourless Fudge Surprise Brownies  were also popular with students.  They are gluten-free and are made with a secret ingredient (black beans).  To meet the nutrition standards of the National School Lunch Program, we offer beans or legumes once per week.  This offering is not well-received by most students in elementary school.  We are always looking for recipes that include beans or legumes that are more palatable for students.  One student proclaimed herself “not a fan” of black beans, but was surprised that she enjoyed the brownie.  The recipe was adapted from SugarFreeMom.com.  The brownies were sweetened with chocolate chips, no other sweetener was added.  At Woodland School the brownies were made without egg and while they were more crumbly, they were still delicious.   Students enjoyed trying black beans in a different way and are looking forward to trying something new each month!

Allergy Information:

Students with food allergies are welcome to participate in Taste Test Days!  Ingredient information about the upcoming tastings will be posted here as well as provided to nurses in all schools participating.  We will make every effort to accommodate food allergies by modifying (or omitting) ingredients or offering substitutes.  During the tasting, all staff and volunteers are instructed to ensure that student’s with food allergies are served safely.  As a reminder, this program is voluntary.  Any student may refuse a sample at any time for any reason.  If you have questions or need more information, please contact Kelly Shaw.

January:

Pumpkin Seed Butter 

Organic Pumpkin Seeds, Organic Cane Sugar, Organic Expeller Pressed Sunflower Oil, Sea Salt

Maple Roasted Sunflower Seed Butter

Organic Sunflower Seeds, Organic Maple Sugar, Organic Expeller Pressed Sunflower Oil, Sea Salt

December: Apple Carrot Muffin (Contains: wheat, soy, egg) Click here for recipe

Whole wheat flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, salt, margarine (soy), honey, egg, vanilla, applesauce, carrot

December: Flourless Fudge Surprise Brownies (Contains: egg) Click here for recipe

Chocolate chips, black beans, unsweetened cocoa, eggs, vegetable oil, cinnamon, vanilla, salt, baking powder