Taste Tests in the Classroom

Check out these new videos from Green Street School

Watch this! Laura White, 4th Grade teacher has some great ideas on how to connect the monthly taste tests to various curriculum topics!

Also click here to see a list of ideas for spicing up your school’s Taste Tests, developed by teachers at Green Street School!

Why conduct taste tests?

Studies show that children need to try something many times before they begin to like it and eat it. Taste tests are an integral part of the Brattleboro Farm to School Program. Each month, a vegetable is highlighted in a taste test and served the following week in the school breakfast or lunch. All students participate in the taste test and are surveyed about how they liked it. Before the taste test, the vegetable is promoted throughout the school in skits for School Sing, student artwork, or morning announcement facts. Students have tried everything from rhubarb in a breakfast coffee cake to Gilfeather turnips in a Harvest Vegetable Soup.

Tips for Taste Testing Fruits & Vegetables in the Classroom

Check-out Vermont Food Education Every Day’s NEW  Taste Test Guide for Schools with great tips on how to conduct successful taste tests, including:

  • Step-by-step process for conducting cafeteria or classroom taste tests
  • Taste test case studies
  • Reproducible handouts
  • Fun seasonal food facts
  • Sample surveys for cafeteria & classroom taste tests
  • Sample letter to families with nutritional information and recipe

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