Lunch Menus & Nutritional Information
From July 5 until July 29, all children are welcome to participate in the free summer meal program located at Stevenson Elementary School. Learn more…
Peas are plants that belong in the same family as legumes. There are hundreds of varieties that are mostly cultivated in cooler climates, on a well-drained and fertile soil. Peas grow on a climbing plant which produces pods containing seeds or peas. A mature pod is generally inedible and the peas must be shelled before eating (shelled peas). In the edible-podded types, the seeds are immature and softer than those which are shelled. The edible pods are often much flatter and have rounded bumps along the sides. The most common edible pods are the Sugar Snap and Snow Peas. Peas are a great source of fiber, vitamin C (especially edible-podded peas) and a good source of B vitamins and potassium which make them a great addition to any snack or meal.
Strawberries are the only fruit with the seeds on the outside. The average strawberry has more than 150 seeds on its surface. Washington’s long mild spring, warm summer days, cool summer nights, and fertile soils combine to help Washington farmers grow very sweet strawberries. It takes about a month from when the strawberry flower first opens for the fruit to become ripe and ready to eat. Different varieties will produce fruit once, twice, or throughout the summer. Anthocyanins give strawberries their red color. They also are powerful antioxidants and could help prevent cancer. Believe it or not, Strawberries have more vitamin C than oranges! Vitamin C helps bones, teeth, gums and blood vessels stay healthy. Strawberries are also high in B vitamins, vitamin E, potassium, and fiber.