2019 Maine Harvest of the Month
In April 2019 the Maine Department of Education, in partnership with the Maine Farm to School Network, launched a pilot program called Harvest of the Month.
There are 165 schools and over 80 farms participating across the state in this program pilot!
What is Harvest of the Month?
Harvest of the Month is a marketing program that is used to help promote the use of seasonally available, local, Maine products in schools. It includes a calendar featuring different products/crops for each month, marketing materials to help showcase the use of these products to students, and recipes to help food service staff utilize those products. It requires an institutional commitment to source and serve the identified products and the ability to complete some short surveys about their participation. With over 600 schools in the state of Maine who spent $31.9 M on food in 2018 and over $3.7M spent on local purchasing, according to most recent farm to school census data, the intent of Harvest of the Month is to further increase the local food dollars invested.