Basil is the December Harvest of the Month for the Coulee Region Farm2School. Basil in January? Yes! Fresh basil will appear in schools this month because it can be grown hydroponically. A hydroponic system uses a nutrient rich water system instead of soil, and can be grown entirely indoors. Hydroponic systems can also be found at several area schools.

Pesto

Serves: 6

Ingredients

¼ cup walnuts

3 cloves of garlic

1 ½ cups basil leaves

½ cup olive oil

Salt and pepper to taste

Juice of one lemon, optional to prevent browning

Directions

Place walnuts in a small skillet over medium heat; sauté for a few minutes, until fragrant. In a food processor combine walnuts, garlic, basil leaves, olive oil, and salt and pepper. Process until a coarse paste is formed. Thin with additional water as needed. Add lemon juice if desired. Serve over whole grain pasta or spread on a sandwich or pizza. Yum!

Nutrition information: Per serving: 210 calories, 22 g fat, 1 g protein, 2 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 190 mg sodium

Coulee Region Farm2School is a partnership between La Crosse County Health Department, Mayo Clinic Health System – Franciscan Healthcare, Gundersen Health System, and the school districts of Bangor, Holmen, La Crescent-Hokah, La Crosse, Onalaska and West Salem. Questions, please contact Maggie Smith, CHES (608) 785-9792.

Coulee Region Farm2School is a partnership between La Crosse County Health Department, Mayo Clinic Health System – Franciscan Healthcare, Gundersen Health System, and the school districts of Bangor, Holmen, La Crescent-Hokah, La Crosse, Onalaska and West Salem. Questions, please contact Maggie Smith, CHES (608) 785-9792.

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