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Tooting for beans
June 17, 2004

Northarvest promotes nutrition, good taste
By Lynne Bigwood
Northarvest home economist

The Northarvest Bean Growers Association tooted their horns for beans at several events in recent months.

National WIC
Lynne Bigwood, Northarvest's home economist, and Margie Janke, registered dietician, attended the National Women Infant and Children's Association 2004 Annual Conference in Anaheim, Calif. April 24 - 27.

Northarvest handed out two new Magical Fruit posters, Black Bean Fiesta and Spilling the Beans brochures, Get Smart&Eat More Dry Beans markers and literature order forms for the Bean Cookery Teaching Unit. Conference attendees are always amazed at the resources Northarvest offers and the variety and amount of beans grown in the region. 

As the Magical Fruit posters were handed out, Margie Janke says she figured out that if people are going to "Live To Be An Old Fart" the question of "Who Cut the Cholesterol?" is definitely answered - it's dry beans! 

Minnesota WIC
The Minnesota WIC conference was held on March 31 in Brooklyn Center, Minn. 

They thought the new posters, especially the "Old Fart" one, were great!   They wanted them for their offices and friends and relatives. 

Northarvest contributed four packages of bean soup/chili mix made in Harvey, N.D., for door prizes.  Hennepin County Health unit had several young women who were very interested and grateful to get dry bean teaching materials. 

Wine and Food Experience
Northarvest participated in the first annual Clear Channel Wine and Food Experience at the Fargodome on May 4. Chef NarDane cooked up the five recipes that he crafted a couple of years ago for Northarvest's delicatessen and restaurant promotion. Bigwood and Faye Courneya, Northarvest  staff member, served over 1,200 people and handed out recipes.

Lynne Bigwood (left) and Margie Janke tell WIC attendees about beans.

















Lynne Bigwood (left) and Faye Courneya promote
Chef Nardane dishes at the Wine and Food Experience.


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