Nebraska Farm to Preschool Toolkit


Produce Pick Spotlight – Melons are in season in Nebraska July through September and are also featured in the Nebraska Harvest of the Month curriculum.

Fun Facts about melons: Did you know? …

  • Melons are a good source of vitamins A, B6, C, and potassium.
  • Cantaloupes have more beta-carotene than oranges, a powerful antioxidant for eye health, strong immune system, healthy skin, and form mucous membranes.
  • Watermelon is rich in lycopene, a powerful antioxidant that helps prevent cell damage.
  • Melons have high water content and potassium that helps maintain healthy blood pressure.
  • Watermelon’s name come from the fact they are 92% water.
  • There are over 1,200 varieties of watermelons that are sorted into four categories: seeded, seedless, icebox, and yellow/orange.
  • Melons are part of the Gourd family which includes squashes and cucumbers.
  • Melons originate from Africa and southwestern parts of Asia.
  • Melons are low in calories: Cantaloupe 53 calories per cup, honeydew 61 calories per cup, and watermelon 46 calories per cup.

You can store whole melons room temperature uncut but if they were refrigerated when purchased then keep them cold. Before slicing, scrub the outside of the melon with a clean vegetable bush and cool water. Dry off with paper towels. Served sliced, cubed or try a new recipe featured below.


How to choose a Watermelon:

Harvest of the Month is a statewide school program that features a different Nebraska specialty crop each month. Melons are featured in September. The program promotes sourcing local produce and provides many resources that can be used in early childhood settings as well. There are coloring pages, taste testing activities, posters, trivia cards, and take-home newsletters to download free. Check it out on the link above!

Produce Pick Spotlight Recipes and Serving Ideas

Melon and Mint (USDA My Plate)

Cantaloupe Cooler (USDA My Plate)

Cantaloupe Salsa

Watermelon Pizza alla Italia

Watermelon Kebabs

Watermelons Dippers with Honey Vanilla Yogurt Sauce

Watermelon Blueberry Sparklers

Cilantro-Lime Grilled Watermelon


Lesson Plans

Taste Test Activities

Updated September 13, 2021 11:20am