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ILLUSTRATION BY:

 
Elke Doby and Brianna Kidd
as 8th Graders at Buford Middle School



Peaches are low-calorie fruits and are packed with delicious natural sugars and high in fiber. It also contains many other healthy nutrients and minerals including, 

Vitamin A
Vitamin C
Vitamin E
Vitamin K 
Niacin 
Potassium 


Peach Muffins 
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 Tbsp. ground cinnamon
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
1 1/4 cups vegetable oil
3 eggs, lightly beaten
2 cups white sugar
2 cups peeled, pitted, and chopped peaches
 
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Lightly grease 16 muffin cups. In a large bowl, mix the flour, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt. In a separate bowl, mix the oil, eggs, and sugar. Stir the oil mixture just until moist. Fold in the peaches. Spoon into the muffin cups. Bake for 25 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center of the muffin comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes. 

 


Saunders Brothers Orchard in Nelson County celebrated their 100th year of business in 2015. Fifty years ago, peach season meant around-the-clock work for both children and adults, picking and packing the fruit by hand and using horses and mules to traverse the orchard. Nowadays, the Saunders family and their employees (whom they also consider part of the family) do utilize tractors and refrigeration, but the business is still built on complete honesty, dedication to quality, and devotion to family and tradition.

​While Saunders Brothers Orchard prides itself on large, perfect peaches, they do have some fruit that finishes a bit smaller than they would like (that magic diameter, by the way, is 2.25 inches). Based on 5 great years of partnership, to celebrate September's Harvest of the Month, Local Food Hub and Saunders Brothers worked together to source and deliver two shipments of 'Petite Peaches' to Charlottesville City Schools. The fruit is fuzzy, orange blushing with red, with a juicy mouthful of flavor that simply tastes like summertime in Virginia. Best of all, Petite Peaches fit perfectly into small hands!
Saunders Brothers Orchard - Photo courtesy of http://www.saundersbrothers.com/
The Saunders Family - Photo courtesy of Lee Luther, Jr. and Local Food Hub.

Top: 2nd Grader at Jackson-Via Elementary is eager to get his hands on a peach. Middle Left:  Students at Johnson Elementary chomp down on their peaches. Middle Right: Principal Dawn Locasale and Administrative Assistant Jean Taylor are excited about peaches at Burnley-Moran Elementary.  Bottom Left: Courtenay Evans with PB&J Kitchen takes a peek at the Harvest of the Month peaches. Bottom Right: Mother-daughter duo Clarissa and Semhae at the Clark Elementary kitchen prepare for students to pick up their peaches.

Left: Volunteer Anne Russell picks up peaches to deliver to Burnley-Moran Elementary. 
Right: Volunteer/Intern Alex Whisnant picks up peaches to deliver to Jackson-Via Elementary.

Thank you to all the CCS kitchen staff, especially Karen, who washed every one of the 3,600 peaches and packed them neatly back into the boxes.  Thank you to the UVA Service Fraternity APO for helping prepare the peach boxes for distribution and all the individual volunteers and Garden Coordinators who helped us deliver the snack to classrooms!
Harvest of the Month is a program that highlights a locally available crop each month by providing a fresh, healthy snack in all six Charlottesville Elementary Schools. Students also learn about the crop in their schoolyard garden and classroom. Information on growing, nutrition, and preparation of the crop is shared with teachers and families. The goal of Harvest of the Month is to support healthy living skills that strengthen our youth and community. 
 
It takes a community to make Harvest of the Month happen! City Schoolyard Garden is grateful to work in collaboration with Charlottesville City Schools and Local Food Hub. Supported with funds through the USDA, the Thomas Jefferson Health District of the Virginia Department of Health and other generous donors. Thanks to rock paper scissors for their design work and Desmond Cormier, Buford Middle School Art Teacher for working with his students to produce the artwork. 

    Donate to keep Harvest of the Month growing!

City Schoolyard Garden is an independent, non-profit organization and your tax deductible donation makes a difference. Join us investing in our children's future, and providing them with a foundation for learning about health, nutrition, sustainability, and community. Click on the apple to donate or send a donation to our address below. Thank you!
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