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Oct08

French Fry Nutrition

French Fry Nutrition

French Fries often get a bad reputation and are labeled as non-nutritious food. We are here today to prove that reputation wrong! According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, French Fried potatoes can be apart of a healthy diet when eaten in moderation. Just like any other form of potatoes, French fries deliver important nutrients like fiber and potassium.

 

Sep04

River Fest 2018

September 8, 2018

River Fest

This upcoming September 8th hop in the car and head to Columbia Park in Kennewick for one last summer road trip. Take your kids to a fun and education filled event at Riverfest 2018! Riverfest 2018 helps to educate parents and kids on how navigation, irrigation and power help run the dams that are so important to our agriculture process.

Aug30

Western Food Service Show

Western Food Service Show

This week, WSPC staff traveled to Los Angeles, California for the Western Food Service and Hospitality Expo. The three-day convention featured everything from healthy foods to coffee. Staff members were able to speak with chefs, distributors, restaurant owners, school system employees, and TV show hosts. WSPC staff passed out free potato peelers, recipes, and information to over 6,000 people! 

 

Aug13

WSNA 2018

WSNA 2018

Last week, school meal program employees gathered at the Tacoma Convention Center to attend the annual Washington School Nutrition Association Conference. This event allows attendees to participate in nutritional classes and learn about new products that can be incorporated into school meal menus!

Aug02

2018 Fry Day Tour

2018 Fry Day Tour

…and that’s a wrap! WSPC has officially completed our summer FryDay program. Over the last two months, we have had the opportunity to travel across the state and share FREE Washington fries with excited community members! We visited many different cities on our tour including Moses Lake, Redmond, Ritzville, Othello, Mount Vernon, Sedro-Woolley, Leavenworth, and Quincy.

Jul27

Sedro-Woolley Fry Day

Sedro-Woolley Fry Day

As many of you already know Friday, July 13th was National French Fry Day!! How did you spend your Friday? WSPC staff members spent our day passing out FREE Washington Fries in Sedro-Woolley, WA! The shoestring fries donated by Lamb Weston were a crowd favorite. 

Jul23

ChelanMan 2018

ChelanMan 2018 Booth

After several months of preparation, WSPC kicked off our Powered by Potatoes campaign at the 11th annual ChelanMan Triathlon in Chelan, WA! The purpose of this race is to come together as a community to support healthy lifestyles for our youth, families, and athletes. As a sponsor WSPC had the opportunity to share information, recipes, and athletic gear with more than 1,400 athletes in Chelan last weekend.

Jul16

Careers in Agriculture

WA Potato Outside Storeage

In Washington, the agriculture industry is responsible for creating nearly 36,000 jobs and contributes $7.4 billion dollars to the economy. Clearly there are many different job opportunities in the agriculture industry, but today we are going to focus on the job of an agronomist. Agronomists are also known as crop production specialists or crop scientists.

Jun28

2018 Washington Brewers Festival

2018 Washington Brewers Festival

On Father’s Day weekend, WSPC continued our mission to share FREE Washington potatoes throughout our great state. Early Friday morning, we loaded up and headed over to western Washington for the weekend where we attended the 13th Annual Brewers Fest in Redmond.

Jun27

CB Tech Competition

CB Tech Competition

We had the pleasure of partnering with Columbia Basin Technical Skills Center’s video game programming team. By doing this, students at CB Tech gain skills in their desired profession and 5th graders get to have fun testing potato video games.

Jun07

MLHS-Fry Day

MLHS-Fry Day

As part of our ongoing mission to share Washington potatoes throughout the state, we decided to start the summer off in our own town. Today, we parked our new fry trailer right outside Moses Lake High School’s front doors where we handed out free fries, Spud Nation t-shirts, and hats.

May23

Family Nutrition

Family Nutrition

 

Do you feel as if there is always at least one complainer or picky eater at your dinner table? Or maybe no matter how hard you try, your 10-year-old just won’t eat her kale salad. If you are struggling with any of these issues, don’t worry, you are not alone.

Apr13

2018 Office Growing Competition

2018 Office Growing Competition

 

It’s that time of year again! Our 2018 potato growing contest is officially underway! Every spring staff members at the Washington State Potato Commission participate in a competition of who can grow the best potato crop. Planting begins in April, and staff members decide how they want to grow their plant. In the past we’ve had all sorts of creative methods, one year a staff member used Mountain Dew to fertilize his spuds! This contest is a great team bonding activity and also provides participants with some insight on the challenges that real Washington potato growers face. (On a much smaller scale)

Mar19

Potato Growing Season

Potato Growing Season

Potato growing season is among us! Farming is a year-round, around the clock job but today we are going to break down the growing season timeline for you. The planting of potatoes begins as early as March and can go through the spring until May. Planting time varies throughout our state because of potato variety and farm location.

Mar05

Potato Nutrition

Potato Nutrition

Are potatoes healthy? YES! Potatoes have proven to be one of America’s most versatile vegetables with remarkable nutritional value. If you take a closer look you’ll find that potatoes are packed with fiber, potassium, protein, vitamin C, antioxidants and more!

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