We are excited to launch our new program, Harvest of the Month: Garden to Table Snack Program this week.  Harvest of the Month (HoM) is a great way for youth and their families to explore, taste, and learn about seasonal vegetables and fruits – from the garden, in the classroom, and on the plate.

Each month we will highlight a locally available crop 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, families, caregivers and the community.

Our overall goal is to support healthy living skills that strengthen our youth and community.

Pink Lady Apples

TRIVIA OF THE MONTH: “This food has many seeds, and if planted, each seed will grow into a different variety of tree that won’t resemble the original.  They often say, eating one-a-day, keeps the doctor away.  They have green, red, or yellow skin.”

• Apples are in the Rose Family and are closely related to cherries, raspberries, and almonds.

• The stem on the outside of the apple is the remains of the pedicel from the apple’s flower.  The pedicel attaches the flower to the tree branch.  On the opposite side of the fruit, you can see the dried, brown, shriveled, star-shaped remains of the apple’s flower.  The apple itself is the enlarged ovary of the flower, holding the seeds (ovules) inside.

• Apples, when eaten with the skin, provide vitamins C and A, calcium, iron, and boron.  

Pink Lady Applesauce

Pink Lady® apples are excellent on their own, washed and raw, either in-hand or cut into sections.  For a great snack, try adding a little peanut butter for protein. They are also great for baking and cooking. 


• 4 cups apples cored and chopped
• 1/3 cup water
•1 Tbs fresh lemon juice
• 1/2 tsp cinnamon
• 1 pinch of salt

Place all ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a boil. 
Reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes.  

Mash with the back of a spoon. 

Grower Tips

Apples grow on trees.  Apples are not true to seed which means that an apple seed does not grow into a tree similar to the one from which it is harvested.  Instead, to grow an apple tree, live limbs are “grafted” onto a root stock.  In general, apple trees do best in well-drained soil on a south-easterly facing slope in temperate climates.  Proper pruning at the end of winter is a beneficial means of maintenance and keeps the tree fruiting.

The apples for this month’s Harvest of the Month program were grown by the Chiles Family in apple orchards in  Nelson and Albemarle counties.  The apples were picked and sent to Batesville, where they were packed for wholesale.     

City Schoolyard Garden's Harvest of the Month Program is inspired by Burnley-Moran Elementary School's Fresh Talks Program and Island Grown's Harvest of the Month Program. Thank you for the inspiration!


Harvest of the Month is a community initiative hosted by City Schoolyard Garden in collaboration with Charlottesville City Schools, Local Food Hub, and Charlottesville Move2Health. Supported with funds through the Thomas Jefferson Health District of the Virginia Department of Health and other generous donors.



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