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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...

2020 So Northwest Women's Show

Monday, 23 December 2019 Blog & News

Tickets to the 2020 NW Women’s Show in Tacoma, WA are on sale now! This year's show will feature everything from cooking to beauty products. WSPC staff and commissioners will be exhibiting at the show. You don’t want to miss our special potato mash-up samples! We will be sharing Greek mashed potatoes, red potatoes mashed with feta cheese, dill, parsley and scallions and a traditional...


Wednesday, 23 October 2019 Blog & News

PMA Fresh Summit was held at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California, attracting a record-breaking 24,000 attendees.  The WSPC Staff and Commissioners had beautiful Washington potatoes on display for buyers around the world to see along with materials about marketing, sizing, nutrition and recipes. This year’s floor plan was mapped out a little different compared to previous...


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,...

Potato Stamp Art

Tuesday, 19 November 2019 Blog & News

Looking for a quick, easy, and affordable art project to do with the kids this Thanksgiving? Try making a potato stamp! The stamp can be used to decorate table tents, placemats or even paper cups. The entire family will enjoy this unique project. This simple art project will have your kids busy for hours. What you need: Potatoes knife Water based paint Pencil or marker pen Paper or...

2020 WSNA Recipe Contest..Starts Now!

Thursday, 03 October 2019 Blog & News

Enter your favorite Washington potato recipe for a chance to win an all expense paid trip to the 2020 Washington School Nutrition Association Conference, a $100 Visa Gift Card, and bragging rights for a year!   Recipe Guidelines:  Recipes MUST feature a potato item (fresh, frozen, dehy).  Recipes must be written in 12-portion yield format and meet current USDA requirements. Be...


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...

5th Annual CB Tech Potato Days

Tuesday, 05 November 2019 Blog & News

On November 5th and 6th, Columbia Basin Technical Skills Center (CB Tech) located in Moses Lake held their fifth annual “Potato Day". CB Tech provides a hands-on learning experience for high school students with various technical skills and serves mainly Junior and Senior students from 11 school districts in the Basin. This two-day event is held for approximately 1,600 fifth grade students....


Thursday, 26 September 2019 Blog & News

WSDA Farm to School and the Washington School Nutrition Association (WSNA) with support from Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction Child Nutrition (OSPI), partner to sponsor Taste Washington Day, an annual celebration of Washington grown foods served in school meals during the fall harvest season. Schools connect with local farms to make the most of our bountiful fall harvest, and use...
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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

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