Offered February – March

A Time for Tasting

This series explores different foods as a way to celebrate new flavors and become better acquainted with various tastes (sweet, sour, bitter and umami). Children will have the opportunity to taste a number of foods commonly found in home kitchens.

Hardy but Sweet – Winter Vegetables

Children are introduced to a variety of winter vegetables and discuss how these vegetables nourish our bodies during the cold months. We also explore sweet as a taste that can be found in all sorts of foods (especially vegetables!) and isn’t reserved for sugary snacks and fruit. Finally, children have the opportunity to mindfully eat a carrot and practice describing the sweetness in this favorite winter vegetable.

Global Fruits – Invigorating with Sour

Explore how new fruits from different climates are constantly being introduced to our country! Even the apple was once new. We will take a look at many lesser known and interesting fruits from around the world. Students will become acquainted with the complex taste of sour, using a variety of citrus fruits.

Balancing with Bitter – Original Local

Children will explore foods that are native to the Americas by considering how indigenous peoples procured their diet, paying particular attention to hunting, fishing, gathering, and growing. We will get to know bitter tastes by tasting foods such as greens, cabbage, citrus peels, and chocolate.

Beans Many Ways – Umami in a Pantry Staple

The final lesson explores a fourth, less-known taste called umami and looks more deeply into this taste’s relationship with beans, a food that lends itself well to our pantry shelves. Through a mindful tasting (or reflection on past tastes), students will begin to recognize umami for themselves. Then, students will experience the variety of beans that are eaten around the world and learn the different features of the bean plant.

Invite us to your school

How can you invite Midwest Food Connection’s natural foods programs into your classroom? Simply contact us via e-mail! Or, you may call and our staff will help you tailor a lesson plan to your students’ needs.

Tell us

  • What lesson (or group of lessons) you need.
  • When you would like us to come to your classroom.
  • How many classrooms are involved.

We schedule four to six weeks out and will take advance reservations as well.


  • $135 for first lesson
  • $95 for each additional program taught on the same day

*Maximum booking: 35 students per program, 6 programs per day

*Additional mileage charges may apply to schools more than 25 miles from Minneapolis’ city center

Please contact us if you have any questions regarding Midwest Food Connection’s programs, curriculum, or fees. Our educators would be happy to assist you in planning your school’s natural foods program.