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The November Harvest of the Month for the Coulee Region Farm2School program is Radishes! Radishes grow very quickly and are harvested after just 3-6 weeks after being planted. They come in a rainbow of colors including, red, black, white and purple! Radishes are perfect to enjoy raw — or for a twist try this month’s recipe for roasted radishes. Farm2School sites will be featuring local radishes at least twice on their lunch menus during the month of November.

November also marks the kick off of the Coulee Region Farm2School programs new, delicious entree: Coulee Region Chili! This locally sourced chili will be coming to all public schools in La Crosse County mid-November, just in time for cooler weather

Roasted radishes

Serves: 4 (serving size ½ cup)


1 bunch of small to medium radishes (about 12-15)

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 teaspoon dried thyme

Salt and pepper

½ lemon (juiced, optional)


Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Place radishes on a baking sheet and toss with olive oil, dried thyme, salt and pepper. Roast until tender yet firm in the center (about 20 minutes). Squeeze a little lemon juice over the top if desired and serve.

Nutrition information: Per serving: 130 calories, 3 g fat, 3 g protein, 24 g carbohydrate, 5 g fiber, 230 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.


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