The Bean Scene
August 21, 2008
Put Our State on Your Plate
Heartland Child Nutrition 2008 Workshops, Put Our State on Your Plate were held this past spring throughout North Dakota. The workshop focused on using North Dakota agriculture products for child care meals and childrens activities.
At the workshop the childcare providers are shown the types of beans produced in ND; how to count dry beans as either a meat alternate or a vegetable to fulfill the USDA meal requirements; the health benefits of beans; and how economical they are to serve. Northarvest Bean Growers provided The Bean Cookbook for each of the child care providers that Heartland Child Nutrition, Inc., sponsor of the USDA Child & Adult Care Food Program serves. Ann Schuetzle, Heartlands Nutritionist organized the workshops.
There were door prizes featuring North Dakota products and everyone took home a 22-page booklet of menu ideas, recipes, and simple directions for dozens of farm-themed crafts and kids activities. All child care providers participating with Heartland Child Nutrition are either licensed or state-certified. The number of children they are licensed to care for varies from 5 to 18, from the ages of birth to 13 years old. On a typical day, 5,400 children are fed in family child care homes through Heartland Child Nutrition.
Several of the child care providers helped prepare Bean Quesadillas for their group to taste.
The National Women, Infant and Children Associations 25th Annual conference was held in Minneapolis, MN, May 27 29. Northarvests revised, full-color Spilling the Beans brochure debuted at that exhibit. It was very well received. The USDA food package for WIC has changed to allow canned beans as a substitute for dry beans (64 ounces per pound of dry). Canned beans are also allowed as a canned vegetable purchase.
The North Dakota School Nutrition Association Conference met in Minot, ND, June 9 11. Northarvest exhibited at the food showcase sampling Northarvest Three Can Chili, the new fullcolor Spilling the Beans brochure and offering school food service personnel posters and cookbooks.