Cherry Tomatoes are October's Harvest of the Month 
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Cherry Tomatoes - Are they fruits or vegetables? Because a tomato has seeds, it is technically considered a fruit. Given the way that we eat tomatoes, however, they are commonly considered vegetables. 
Cherry tomatoes are small rounded fruits that range in size from thumb-tip to the size of a golf ball. They also vary in color from red, yellow, green, black and striped! 
Cherry tomatoes are a member of the Solanaceae family and growers in our area produce many varieties including, Mr. Stripey, Oxheart, Aunt Ruby's Green and Bumblebee. 
Cherry tomatoes are a good source of:

• Vitamin A
• Vitamin C
• Potassium

• Vitamin K
• Fiber


Cherry tomatoes contain high levels of vitamin A and flavonoid antioxidants, which combined, contribute to eye health and healthy skin and bones. Cherry tomatoes are also rich in lycopene, which is an antioxidant that is responsible for the red color of tomatoes and may decrease there risk of certain cancers and heart disease. 
Cherry tomatoes are delicious eaten fresh - popped off the vine, cut and sprinkled with salt and pepper, in a green salad or tossed with cheese, oil and vinegar.
ROASTED CHERRY TOMATOES
- 1 pint cherry tomatoes
- 1 garlic clove peeled and thinly sliced
- 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
- 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper
- 1/8 cup of fresh basil leaf thinly sliced
Combine all ingredients except the basil and roast for 20 minutes in a 400 
°F oven until tomatoes are just bursting. Toss in basil. Serve.

Cherry tomatoes are a bountiful crop in the CSG gardens and at local farms. Tomatoes are typically started indoors, 6-8 weeks before planting in your garden. They like full sun, well drained soil and a trellis. The Harvest of the Month Program and Charlottesville Students are helping Local Food Hub purchase almost three times as many tomatoes this week as are typically purchased in one week. Thanks to HoM, more farmers are able to sell their product, earn a fair price for their food, and get their produce into the hands of our next generation!

From top down: Top two photos are of students at Clark Elementary School enjoying this month's Harvest of the Month Snack; bottom photo is of Rod Crawford from the Local Food Hub delivering cherry tomatoes at Venable Elementary School.

Cherry Tomatoes - Trivia and Facts

    
Fresh cherry tomatoes sourced through the Local Food Hub! Yum!
 
TRIVIA OF THE MONTH: “This fruit comes in all different colors, and is the perfect size for snacking straight out of the garden. It is a smaller version of a common summer garden plant. It is very juicy, and if you aren't careful the seeds will squirt out when you bite in." 

FACTS:
  • Tomato fruits contribute more nutrients to the diet than many other fruits and vegetables, with high amounts of lycopene, Vitamins A and C, potassium, folic acid, and other metabolites. Lycopene is also an antioxidant and it is what gives tomatoes their red color. 
  • Green, unripe tomatoes continue to photosynthesize and contribute energy necessary for fruit and seed growth.   
Read more about this month's Harvest of the Month snack delivery on our blog!
 
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 SchoolsLocal Food Hub, and Charlottesville Move2Health. Supported with funds through the Thomas Jefferson Health District of the Virginia Department of Health and other generous donors. Thanks to rock paper scissors for their design work & Whitney McDermott for her beautiful illustrations. 

    Donate to keep Harvest of the Month growing!

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