2019 Riverfest

on Thursday, 19 September 2019. Posted in Blog & News

In 1943 thousands of people across North America traveled to Washington to partake in the construction of Grand Coulee Dam. The Columbia Basin Project was a massive undertaking that required countless hours of hard work. The creation of this dam helped irrigate more than 1,000,000 acres of land throughout Central Washington and our Country. Without the Grand Coulee Dam, our land wouldn’t be the livable, workable, home we know today. The Columbia Basin Project plays an enormous role in agriculture across our great state. Dams provide growers with proper irrigation and power to produce some of the best products in the nation. Clearly, there is a lot to learn about our rivers. WSPC staff had the opportunity to share just how important dams are to agriculture at the 2019 Riverfest event! The exciting day had plenty of family-friendly vendors, exhibits, and entertainment for everyone to enjoy while learning about the important benefits of the Federal Columbia River Power System. An old friend even stopped by our booth! Don’t miss this free, fun-filled, educational event again in 2020, it is going to be a blast!

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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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