August Food Calendar

August food wordleClick on a Quick Link to find TIPS, RECIPES, and RESOURCES related to the day, week or month. Or simply scroll down the page.

Questions about August Calendar? Email author, Kayla Colgrove, MS, RD, Extension Educator (

National Food Days

National Food Weeks

National Food Months

* Day(s) changes yearly


Food Calendar

UNL Extension's Calendar of Food Days, Weeks, and Months is a monthly, web-based food-themed calendar. It provides resources for selected national food-themed days, weeks, and months.

We hope this provides you inspiration for blogs, tweets, programs, and articles.

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~Kayla Colgrove, MS, RD, ACSM-CPT (

▸ For more timely food tips and inspiration, visit my blog, Making HealthieRDecisions.

Other Food Calendar Contributors: Alice Henneman, MS, RD and Lisa Franzen Castle, MS, RD, PhD.

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Watermelon Day (August 3)

watermelonWatermelon is fat free and low in calories -- 2 cups of diced pieces (1/8 of a medium melon) provides only 80 calories.

Review the Watermelon Buying Guide from UNL's Nebraska Nutrition Education Program to help you select, store, and prepare a watermelon.

Check the National Watermelon Promotion Board Web site for recipes using watermelon and tips on choosing and storing watermelons.

Have you only ate watermelon slices or cubes? Mix it up and try one of the Top 10 Ways to Enjoy Watermelon from Fruits & Veggies--More Matters® website.

IMPORTANT: Wash the outside of the melon under clean running water before cutting into it, use a clean knife on a clean cutting surface and wash your own hands with soap and water before cutting the melon. Once melon is cut, it should be stored, covered, in the refrigerator. Don't leave cut melon at room temperature longer than 2 hours TOTAL time.

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Trail Mix Day (August 31)

trail mixMaking your own trail mix is a quick and healthy on-the-go snack since it contains a variety of nutrients from multiple food groups and does not require refrigeration. Check out the following trail mix recipes:

(Photo: ilovemypit at Creative Commons Attribution License)

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Farmers Market Week (1st full week in August)*
produceFarmers markets are celebrated during National Farmer's Market Week since they play an important role in local economies while providing fresh, healthy, and locally sourced products. Check out resources from the Farmers Market Coalition and these produce recipes & tips from:
  • Cook It Quick Newsletter
  • Cook It Quick Blog
  • Nutrition Know How Blog
  • Discover Seasonal Cooking
  • Farm to School Resources (Source: USDA)
  • Food Safety for Farmers' Markets (Source: NebGuide G1706)
  • Fueling Your Walk with Foods from the Farmers Market (Source: Walk Nebraska Newsletter)
  • Good Nutrition at Farmers Markets (Source: NebGuide G2040)
  • Why shop at a farmers market? (Source: USDA/
  • UNL Food: Buy Fresh Buy Local Nebraska
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    Back to School Month
    schoolMany families are busy gathering supplies needed to start the school year. It is important to not forget about eating healthy before, during, and after school. Check out these ideas to help you plan and not forget about nutrition:

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    Catfish Month

    Including fish in meals twice a week is a recommendation of many health organizations. Check the Website of the National Fisheries Institute to help you prepare safe, delicious and nutritious meals with catfish and other types of fish and shellfish.

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    Family Meals Month

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    Get Acquainted with Kiwifruit Month

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    Kids Eat Right Month

    Kids Eat Right Month helps improve the nutrition and health of children everywhere. It is a nutrition education, information sharing and action campaign created by Kids Eat Right, an initiative of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and its Foundation. The campaign focuses attention on the importance of healthful eating and active lifestyles for children and families, featuring expert advice from registered dietitian nutritionists.

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    Peach Month

    peachEating lots of fruits and vegetables helps prevent many diet-related diseases and tastes good, too! Learn how to freeze extra peaches from the National Center for Home Food Preservation

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    Sandwich Monthsandwich
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