The holidays are on their way!

What is a better way to celebrate than with school nutrition!

On November 15, 2023, Buncombe County Schools will host a joyous holiday feast! Considering there will be a feast, we hope you're hungry!


Have a plant reminds us to celebrate the deliciousness of fresh fruits and vegetables this holiday season!

Whether its grandma’s #sweetpotato pie 🥧 or your aunt’s #greenbean casserole, everyone has a family favorite! Show your gratitude for your loved ones, gather around the table & celebrate the seasons’ bounty with flavorful produce-packed dishes. There’s a seat at the table for everyone. 💚 #haveaplant


When it comes to increasing fruit and vegetable consumption, parents can play on the emotional connection that comes with eating certain fruits and veggies by creating moments that trigger feelings or craving those experiences that will instill habits in children that could last a lifetime


   Have A Plant.

National Food & Beverage Observances

Banana Pudding Lovers Month

National Fun with Fondue Month

National Peanut Butter Lovers Month

National Pepper Month

National Raisin Bread Month

National Roasting Month

National Stuffing Month

National Spinach and Squash Month

National Cinnamon Day (Nov. 1)

National Nachos Day (Nov. 6)

National Split Pea Soup Week (Nov. 12-18)

Apple Cider Day (Nov. 18)

Eat A Cranberry Day (Nov. 23)

National Cashew Day (Nov. 23)

National Parfait Day (Nov. 25)

National Cake Day (Nov. 26)


Feeling Festive?

Check out our friends at Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project (ASAP) for community holiday events!


ASAP, "is a nonprofit based in Asheville, North Carolina, serving the Southern Appalachian region. Our mission is to help local farms thrive, link farmers to markets and supporters, and build healthy communities through connections to local food." Learn more about the AMAZING work they are doing,


News from ASAP

Congratulations Lisa Payne!
 ASAP board member and Buncombe County Schools Nutrition Director Lisa Payne won Suzanne DeFerie Lifetime Achievement Award at the Asheville Chamber Commerce's Woman UP Awards. ASAP nominated Lisa for the award and we were so happy to be there and celebrate with you! ⁣

in season

Check out these delicious holiday recipes utilizing seasonal fruits and vegetables.


Roasted Autumn Vegetables With Harissa Yogurt Dip

roast veg

Ginger Cookies

"Fresh ginger cookies are another delicious way to put your ginger to good use! "

-Sarah Hart, ASAP.

You can find fresh ginger for these recipes from Gaining Ground Farm (North Asheville Tailgate Market) and Lee’s One Fortune Farm (Asheville City, Black Mountain, East Asheville, West Asheville, and River Arts District markets).

Start by combining two and a quarter cups of flour, one teaspoon of baking soda, and half a teaspoon of salt in a large bowl. Beat one cup of sugar, three fourths cups of butter, and two tablespoons of grated ginger together until light and fluffy, then beat in a quarter cup of molasses and one egg. Fold in the dry ingredients, then let the dough chill for an hour. Roll the chilled dough into one and a half inch balls, roll in a bit of sugar, then place on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake at 350 for 15 minutes, let cool, and enjoy this sweet, gingery snack! 


Fall Pumpkin Oatmeal

1 cup quick cooking oats

• 1 1/2 cup water

• 2 cups applesauce

• 1 cup pumpkin puree

• 1 tsp cinnamon

• 1 tsp vanilla extract

4 bananas

1. Add all ingredients to a medium saucepan.

2. Cook on medium-high heat until liquid is almost nearly absorbed by the oats.

3. Serve 2/3 cup of oatmeal with 1/2 a banana, sliced to each participant immediately while still warm.

applesauce cake

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