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Spinach is low in calories and has a substantial amount of dietary fiber. One cup of spinach contains 181% of daily Vitamin K, 56% of daily Vitamin A, 15% of daily folate, and 14% of daily Vitamin C recommendations. It also contains:

Vitamin E
Vitamin B6


Adapted from Barefoot Contessa

1 1/2 pounds baby spinach leaves
2 Tbsp olive oil
2 Tbsp chopped garlic (6 cloves)
2 tsp kosher salt

3/4 tsp ground black pepper
1 Tbsp unsalted butter Lemon
Sea or kosher salt, optional

In a large pot, heat the olive oil. Sauté the garlic over medium heat for 1 minute. Add the spinach, salt, and pepper. Toss the ingredients. Cover the pot and cook for 2 minutes. Uncover the pot, turn the heat on high, and cook the spinach for another minute. Stir until all spinach is wilted. Using a slotted spoon, lift the spinach to a serving bowl and top with butter, a squeeze of lemon, and a sprinkling of sea or kosher salt.

By Lisa Reeder - Local Food Hub
This month's Harvest of the Month crop was grown by honest to goodness award winners! Kathryn Hanks and Chris Pohl of Phantom Hill Farm in Louisa County, VA were awarded the 2015 'Rookie of the Year' and 'Innovations in Agriculture' award at Local Food Hub's 2015 Community Food Awards!

In order to harvest spinach in December, Phantom Hill sprouted the seeds in October. On cold November nights, they 'tucked in' the spinach under a row cover, which protects it from the freezing temperatures. A lot of care goes into that little leaf -- but it's well worth it! Good thing it is very nutritious!
Kathryn Hanks and Chris Pohl from Phantom Hill Farm in Louisa County, VA.
Students at Jackson-Via Elementary School harvest spinach from their school garden.

Top Left: Student at Clark Elementary munches on the Harvest of the Month snack. Top Right: Students at Johnson Elementary enjoy their snack with a friend. Middle Left: Student at Burnley-Moran Elementary eat spinach during class time. Middle Right: Students at Walker-Upper Elementary participate in the pilot Harvest of the Month Taste Test. They had a choice of balsamic or nectarine vinaigrette to dress their spinach. Bottom Left: Walker-Upper Elementary students raise their hands to indicate that they tried the spinach. Bottom Right: Walker-Upper Elementary students raise their hands to indicate if they would like to try it again.

Top: Kim Nguyen hands volunteer E.D. Rambo bags of spinach to deliver to Venable Elementary. Bottom Left: Kim Nguyen transports bags of spinach from the Central Kitchen to the loading dock where volunteers come to pick up the snack. Bottom Right: Volunteers Kim Smyth and Andrea Trimble pose for a photo before picking up the spinach for Jackson-Via Elementary and Greenbrier Elementary, respectively.

Thank you to all of our volunteers who were so generous with their time and helped deliver the snack to the classrooms! Thank you to Lisa Reeder from Local Food Hub who prepared two different types of vinaigrettes (nectarine and blackberry) to sample at the CHS Harvest of the Month table. And last, but not least, thank you to all the CCS kitchen staff for sharing the kitchen space with us.
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.  If you're interested in reading more, check out the USDA article about City Schoolyard Garden's Harvest of the Month program.
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!

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