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“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...

A SUCCESSFUL 2020 WA/OR POTATO CONFERENCE

Friday, 24 January 2020 Blog & News

We would like to thank everyone who took the time to come check out the 2020 WA-OR Potato Conference. The attendance this year was 2,178 people which is a new record high.  Those in attendance represented 34 different states, numerous Canadian provinces and 4 foreign countries.  The diverse attendance is a great testament to the quality of the show. There were over 170 exhibitor...

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...

WHAT ARE YOU EATING?

Monday, 23 December 2019 Blog & News

Baked, boiled, sautéed, mashed, roasted, grilled, or microwaved potatoes can be your secret weapon when getting your family to eat healthily. When taking a closer look at a russet potato you’ll find that they are packed with fiber, potassium, protein, vitamin C, antioxidants and more! Another big health bonus for this versatile vegetable is the fact that they contain no fat, cholesterol,...

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....

NOT YOUR MOMMAS MASHED POTATOES

Monday, 23 December 2019 Blog & News

Who doesn’t love classic mashed potatoes? Undeniably, a dinner favorite...right? One bite brings you back to family memories or a favorite holiday… it’s just the perfect comfort food. But WAIT! Hold on! What is this? Mashed potatoes with a whole new twist? This year at the So Northwest Woman’s Show, we are going to be sampling mashed potatoes like you have never tasted before. Swing...
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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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