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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...

How Do You Like to Eat Your Potatoes?

Tuesday, 09 November 2021 Blog & News

It's not everyday that you get to join 19 other influencers in a wide open field in Eastern Washington to learn about how potatoes get from farm to table, but a few weeks ago I got an invite by the Washington State Potato Commission to do just this very thing and I am so glad I made the drive from Seattle to Quincy, Washington to see what this was all about.    My family eats...

2022 WA/OR Potato Conference

Thursday, 07 October 2021 Blog & News

The 2022 WA/OR Potato Conference will be held in person at the Three Rivers Convention Center in Kennewick, WA on January 24-27, 2022 . Exhibitor registration is now open! To reserve a booth space for the 2022 conference, please sign up here. Attendee registration will open up in December. We are continuously monitoring the COVID situation and will provide updates as necessary. For questions,...

All Your Potatoes Questions Answered

Wednesday, 10 November 2021 Blog & News

When you think of potatoes, you usually think of the other guy (cough cough Idaho). Well, we are here to tell you that we think the best potatoes actually come from farms right here in Washington! Why? For starters, our soil is superior, and our climate is more conducive for potato growing. Recently, we had the opportunity to travel to Quincy, Washington to learn more about potato farming from...

Family-Owned Farms Make Washington Potatoes the Best Potatoes

Monday, 08 November 2021 Blog & News

Getting invited to be a part of such an incredible event hosted by the Washington State Potato Commission was an unbelievable honor for me. I have been documenting family farms, agriculture and ranch life for several years and they are by far some of my favorite moments in time to capture in photos. I love sharing people's life stories in images in a way that helps connect others to them. This...

USDA ANNOUNCES FARM AND FOOD WORKER AID

Friday, 10 September 2021 Blog & News

The Agriculture Department announced a $700 million investment into two new programs to provide financial relief to farm and food system workers. The first of the two, the Farm and Food Workers Relief program, is meant to assist millions of essential workers in farm fields, meatpacking plants and grocery stores who had to pay for personal protective equipment, dependent care and expenses...

The Fantastic Washington Potato Farm

Tuesday, 09 November 2021 Blog & News

In my daily life, I am incredibly far removed from the production of the food I eat. I mainly procure my food from grocery stores or farmers markets which means that I am not generally a part of planning, planting, growing, nurturing, cultivating, or harvesting the food I eat. Because of that, visiting local farms becomes an almost sacred experience that always leaves me in awe of the process...

WA & OR CONGRESSIONAL MEMBERS CALL ON USDA TO PROVIDE RELIEF

Monday, 25 October 2021 Blog & News

Members of the Washington and Oregon delegation took the lead on a letter, sent this week to Secretary of Ag Vilsack, urging USDA to provide new aid to producers in Washington and Oregon, two states slammed by intense heat and drought this summer. The lawmakers also ask that USDA offer guidance as quickly as possible on what documentation farmers need to provide to get assistance. The...

Potatoes Linked to Higher Quality Diet in Adolescents

Friday, 20 August 2021 Blog & News

It is well-known that American youth between two and 19 years-old have the lowest measures of diet quality compared to other age groups. Nutritionists have sought effective strategies to reverse this trend and improve adherence to dietary recommendations. Now, new research published in Nutrients found that U.S. adolescents who eat potatoes have higher quality diets than those who do not consume...
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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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