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Cheesy Air Fryer Breakfast Potatoes

Wednesday, 01 April 2020 Blog & News

Air fryer breakfast potatoes with bell peppers topped with cheese are great with eggs, or make breakfast for dinner some night! Cheap and full of flavor. Have you tried making air fryer breakfast potatoes yet?? There’s tons of flexibility to these. Add onions and bell peppers or not. Smother with cheese or leave plain with just salt and pepper. Either way it’s a favorite air fryer recipe...

“Dirty Dozen" Promotes Fear, Discourages Consumption

Monday, 23 March 2020 Blog & News

Peer reviewed research and a recent survey of registered dietitians nutritionists has shown the potential negative impact on fruit and vegetable consumption caused by the so-called “dirty dozen” list.  Further, the “dirty dozen” list has been repeatedly discredited by the scientific community and peer reviewed studies. Peer reviewed research found that the substitution of...

GLOBAL DEMAND GROWTH SEEN FOR FRENCH FRIES

Wednesday, 12 February 2020 Blog & News

The french fry market is growing. For Washington State exports world sales by dollar value has increased 10% from the 2018 calendar year. In total, french fry sales by value exceeded $883 million dollars in 2019. And the peak in that growth curve has not yet been reached, as Asia and Latin America consumption is still smaller than the American one. Good news for Washington State potato farmers...

COVID-19 outbreak and the state’s food supply network

Monday, 30 March 2020 Blog & News

 Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) director Derek Sandison released the following statement regarding agriculture, food production, and food distribution. Agriculture and food production is an essential industry that feeds our communities and serves a vital role in the state’s economy. I want to extend my personal thanks to our farmers and ranchers and to all the...

Best Dill Air Fryer Red Potatoes-The Typical Mom

Friday, 20 March 2020 Blog & News

  Wow did these air fryer red potatoes come out good!! I was trying to come up with a yummy and cheap air fryer recipe and voila, it’s now one of my kids’ favorite side dishes! Special thanks goes out to WA Potatoes for sponsoring this post. Whether you’re new to this handy kitchen appliance, or have been using a Ninja Foodior other brand for quite some time now,...

Olympia Potato Day 2020

Tuesday, 04 February 2020 Blog & News

This week potato farmers gathered in Olympia meeting with state legislators, staff members, and agency personnel. Family potato farm perspectives were shared, communicating various challenges, and expressing the need to fund soil health research. The Washington State Soil Health Initiative provides a win-win opportunity for potato growers, the environment, and local communities. Growers also...

CAN YOU HELP FIGHT HUNGER?

Wednesday, 25 March 2020 Blog & News

COVID-19 is creating significant disruptions to daily life in the Inland Northwest. During this crisis, more people than ever may need to turn to a food bank or pantry to get essential groceries.  You can help folks in our community during this time.  Please keep us in mind when product is available to donate.  Your donation will help stabilize our food supply chain to keep pace...

YEAR-ROUND ACCESS FOR U.S. CHIPPING POTATOES TO JAPAN

Monday, 24 February 2020 Blog & News

The Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (MAFF) in Japan has informed USDA that U.S. chipping potatoes will be allowed to enter year-round starting February 14, 2020. Currently the import protocol for U.S. chipping potatoes states that the import period shall be from February 1 to July 30 each year. The new language will state that U.S. chipping potatoes can enter all year round or...

Potato Lovers Month

Saturday, 01 February 2020 Blog & News

February is one of the most important months of the year if you ask us…it’s POTATO LOVERS MONTH! Back in 1987, Governor Gardener signed a declaration making February Potato Lovers Month. There are a ton of great things about potatoes…just to list a few: In Washington, the potato industry is responsible for creating nearly 36,000 jobs and contributes $7.4 billion dollars to the economy....
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WSDA Resilient Food System Infrastructure Grant Program

WSDA Resilient Food System Infrastructure Grant Program

Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) recently opened the application period for the Resilient Food System Infrastructure (RFSI) Grant. This one-time grant program is funded by USDA and is designed to bolster the middle of Washington’s food supply chain. The program aims to enhance local and regional food systems by supporting activities like aggregation, processing, manufacturing, storage, transportation, wholesaling, and distribution. Eligible entities include agricultural producers, processors, non-profit organizations, for-profit entities meeting SBA small business size standards, local and tribal governments, and institutions like schools and hospitals. Priority will be given to projects that benefit underserved and socially disadvantaged farmers, small and veteran-owned businesses, and projects that expand processing, aggregation, and distribution capacities. The application period opened on May 30, 2024, and closes on July 15, 2024 at 5:00 PM. WSDA is offering extensive support to help applicants through the process. This includes assistance from the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and dedicated office hours every Tuesday and Thursday leading up to the application deadline. Visit the RFSI webpage for more information about what’s available. If you need assistance, please visit the RSI website. WSDA will also be available with office hours of every Tuesday 10am through July 9th and every Thursday at 2pm through June 27th (no office hours on July 4th holiday)

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Encouraging school foodservice operators to use more poatoes

Encouraging school foodservice operators to use more poatoes

As America’s Favorite Vegetable, potatoes can help provide students with the nutrients and energy they need to do their best during the school day. That’s why it’s important to remind school foodservice operators that potatoes are not only delicious, but also cost-effective and a nutritious addition to the school menu. In partnership with the School Nutrition Association (SNA), two webinars featured potatoes.  The first webinar, “Maximize Your Menus and Minimize Labor Constraints with Potatoes”, showcased potatoes through on-trend, student-friendly menu innovations and solutions to ease labor strains. The second webinar, “Fun Summer Feeding with Potatoes”, showcased how putting potatoes at the center of the plate can enhance summer feeding programs in fresh and fun ways. Both webinars included a live cooking demonstration with Potatoes USA Culinary Director Chef RJ Harvey, RD and Award-Winning Author Dayle Hayes, MS, RD. The demonstrations were pre-recorded in the Potatoes USA Spud Lab and were a big hit with the participants. Webinars Key Takeaways: Nutritional benefits of potatoes at an affordable price How potatoes can limit food waste Ways potatoes can take over as the center of the plate How serving potatoes to children over the summer can be fun Upon webinar completion, attendees were able to earn continuing education credits. All recipes and resources utilized in the webinar are available on the SNA website for future download. Following are some quotes from the operators who were very engaged in the webinar chat. “My favorite Webinar I’ve seen so far this year. VERY helpful and insightful. Well Done!”  “Love Dayle and RJ as a team. Can they please start a cooking youtube series? ‘Dayle and RJ: Potatoes for All!’” “Great webinar, gained new ideas for using potatoes. Thank you!” SNA is recognized as the authority on school nutrition and utilizes weekly webinars to educate their 50,000+ members. For more information on K-12 School Foodservice marketing activities, email potatoesraisethebar@potatoesusa.com.

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