October Food Themes
What’s in Season in October?
There are many fruits and vegetables in season during October to include in the Eat Better, Eat Together theme. Shop for these wonderful fall harvest produce. Be sure to have them on your menu and highlight all the health benefits of eating the rainbow.
Sneak Peak: November Food Themes
- National Peanut Butter Lover’s Month
- National Fig Week (November 1st–7th)
- National Sandwich Day (November 3rd)
- National Nachos Day (November 6th)
- National Greek Yogurt Day (November 9th)
- World Kindness Day (November 13th)
- Take a Hike Day (November 17th)
- Eat a Cranberry Day (November 23rd)
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