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Washington Potato Growers are Environmentalists

Tuesday, 08 November 2022 Blog & News | Sustainability

As a Washington local and nature lover, I can often be found hiking, paddling, or otherwise exploring our beautiful backyard.   Because of these experiences, I developed a strong awareness and care for how our lifestyles impact nature. So, with every decision I make (like where to grocery shop or what produce to buy) there’s always consideration for the environment. Just as we weigh...

Northwest RiverPartners ~ Hydropower for a better Northwest

Saturday, 23 July 2022 Blog & News | Sustainability

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Lead the charge for the Northwest to realize its clean energy potential using hydroelectricity as the cornerstone. Northwest RiverPartners is a member-driven organization that serves not-for-profit, community-owned electric utilities in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Utah, Nevada, and Wyoming. We also proudly represent partners that support clean energy, low-carbon transportation, and...

Managing Food Shortages Using a Flex-Menu

Friday, 27 May 2022 Blog & News

Chef Brenda Wattles, RDN, Contracted Menu Planner for West Ada School District, and Consultant to the Washington State Potato Commission This is the time of year many of us are reflecting on our current year to forecast how much food and what food we will be menuing for next year. When our Food and Nutrition Services team was in this phase last year, we were filled with hope and excitement of...

The Science Behind Groundwater Levels and Soil Health

Friday, 04 November 2022 Blog & News | Sustainability

There is something special about the Skagit Valley; the way the air smells clean, the land gives under your feet with a sense of purpose and hope for new growth.  Having family that farmed here for generations, I know the worth of this valley.  I know how the Skagit River curves its way gently through rolling hills and green pastures, providing the valley with nutrients and vital...

Join Team Potato

Friday, 15 July 2022 Blog & News

JOIN TEAM POTATO AND BECOME PART OF THE WSPC POWERED BY POTATOES TEAM! The Washington State Potato Commission (WSPC) needs your help spreading the word on the health benefits of potatoes for athletes! For many years, potatoes have been categorized as unhealthy, which isn’t true! Studies have found that athletes are using potatoes as a powerful fuel before, during, and after major events....

Washington Grown program partners with QFC

Wednesday, 11 May 2022 Blog & News

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MOSES LAKE, Washington – Recently, the popular TV show, Washington Grown, received a large grant from the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) to expand its education efforts. Part of that expansion includes a partnership with QFC grocery stores in western Washington.   “While the trend to eat locally grown food is growing, there are still a lot of misconceptions about...

Learning about how we all can benefit so much from multigenerational potato farming in Washington's Skagit Valley

Monday, 10 October 2022 Blog & News | Sustainability

If you've ever headed up to Vancouver, British Columbia from Seattle like my family does often to see our relatives, it's likely that you've taken the I-5 that winds through field upon field through the Skagit Valley.  The Skagit Valley is a region known for its fertile soil and is also very famous for spring tulip festivals. On a sunny day in July, I was invited by Washington Potatoes to...

Encouraging school foodservice operators to use more poatoes

Wednesday, 01 June 2022 Blog & News

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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...

Where Do the Best Potatoes Come From? Washington, Of Course!

Friday, 12 November 2021 Blog & News

French Fries, Mashed Potatoes, Baked Potatoes, Potato Salad...There are so many ways that we enjoy potatoes in our lives but have you ever thought about where the potatoes come from? Before spending time with the Washington State Potato Commission, I didn’t know a lot about potatoes.   I know how to cook with a potato, but I had never stopped to think about how a potato goes from a...
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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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