As of January 2021
WHS Food Services
Lady Pink Apples – at Autumn Hill Orchard, Groton MA
October is Farm to School Month!
Weston Public Schools Department of Food and Nutrition recently rejoined the Massachusetts Farm to School Association and are pledging to feature locally grown produce each month in taste tests for potential new menu items. This month pears are the harvest of the month.
Taste Test Tuesday
With our High School cafeteria opening up to full service, we are starting out this month with a taste test on October 19th at the High School – featuring a Butternut Squash and Pear Bisque with locally grown Bosc pears from Autumn Hills Orchard in Groton, MA https://autumnhillsorchard.com and Butternut Squash from Verrill Farm in Concord, MA https://verrillfarm.com. The recipe is below 🙂
Winter Squash at Drumlin Farm in Lincoln, MA
Butternut Squash and Pear Bisque
Servings – 8 (each serving 1 ¼ Cups)
Note: You can substitute vegetable broth and coconut milk to make it vegetarian or vegan.
1 Butternut Squash
1 Large Onion (peeled and thinly sliced)
2 Pears (thinly sliced (core removed)
1 Tbsp Butter
1 Tbsp Curry Powder
½ Tsp Salt
2 ½ Cups Water
8 oz Apple juice or Pear Nectar
32 oz Chicken or Vegetable Broth
½ Cups Half and Half or Coconut Milk
- Preheat oven to 375F.
- Cut squash in half lengthwise and scoop out seeds and discard. Place squash cut side down on a sheet pan (covered with foil or parchment paper). Bake for about 40 minutes until tender. Set aside to cool. Peel and mash pulp. Set aside about 3 ½ cups squash.
- In a medium stockpot – Melt 1 Tbsp butter and add sliced onions and pears. Cook, stirring often over medium heat until onions caramelize (about 10 minutes). Then add squash, curry powder, salt, pepper, water, apple juice and stock. Bring to a boil and then simmer on low heat for 40 minutes.
- Puree with a handheld immersion blender or put in batches into a food processor. Add Half and Half or Coconut Milk in at the end and season to taste.
Recipe by Melanie Plesko, RDN
Nutritionist for Weston Public Schools
Nutrition Services Director
Weston High School Cafeteria
444 Wellesley Street, Weston, MA 02493