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WELCOME TO WILD ABOUT SCHOOL FOOD!

Are rising food costs getting the best of you? Is sourcing and preparing the healthiest foods a tribulation? Is food waste a weekly heartache? The Wild About School Food Blog is here to help you with some of the key challenges of your busy and demanding job.

  • Reducing Serving Costs: Get the inside scoop on ways to stretch your commodity food dollars
  • Improving Student Participation: Access proven school recipes that students love
  • Addressing Operational Concerns: Get easy-to-serve bulk recipes, using limited ingredients
  • Delivering Health and Nutrition: Meet USDA guidelines and get the credit you deserve

There’s a fruit revolution going on…you should be a part of it

If you could ….

find a fruit that costs only 12 cents per serving and make it the star of your menu…
substitute a conventional fruit with a fruit packed with bold flavor….
add pizzazz to your savory and sweet dishes…
increase the nutrition density of your menu…
innovate with one of our nation’s original crops…

Would you go Wild?

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Topics: Heatlh and Nutrition

Wild Blueberries: A Delicious Brain Food for Kids

We’ve all heard that you are what you eat. A new study suggests that kids’ executive brain function is also tied to diet.

The study, recently published in Food & Function, explores the impact of flavonoid-rich foods, such as wild blueberries on children. Executive function is a set of mental skills, controlled by the frontal lobe area of the brain, that helps us manage time, pay attention, and get things done.

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Wild Blueberry Bars: An Easy + Nutritious School Snack

For Chef Samantha Cowens-Gasbarro, know your customers is one of the most important rules of school food service.

“You have to respect their palate,” says Cowens-Gasbarro, District Nutrition Coordinator for Windham Raymond RSU #14 School District in Maine.

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Wild Blueberry French Toast: Simple + Healthy + Yummy

As a chef for Windham Raymond RSU School District #14 in Maine, Samantha Cowens-Gasbarro faces a daunting daily challenge: convincing kids to just try it.

That’s why she and her staff go to great lengths to win kids over to fresh nutritious foods. From fashioning pineapples into owls to carving bug-shaped sandwiches, to dressing up as Thing One and Thing Two for Dr. Seuss’s Birthday: “It’s all about making food fun,” she says.

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Breakfast Participation Surges FROM 4% TO 24% With Wild Blueberry Smoothies

All chefs must contend with finicky customers. But Blair Currier, director of the Yarmouth School Nutrition Program in Maine, arguably has some of the most discriminating appetites to sate: the K-to-12 set.

“The most challenging thing is keeping kids engaged and interested in foods,” said Currier, who earned his credentials as a School Nutrition Specialist. “They go so quickly to processed food.”The Wild Blueberry has become a go-to ingredient for Currier. 

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Did you know there are two types of blueberries?

One is smaller, higher in antioxidants, and beloved bby food service chefs & kids.

Fruit is fruit and berries are berries, right? Well, no, there is a big difference between the fruits and the berries we buy and eat. And the difference starts right in the fields where they grow.

If you happen to be lucky enough to visit a Wild Blueberry barren, you will experience one of nature’s great miracles. Tens of thousands of acres unfurl across a barren landscape, populated by an unassuming, but resilient, low-bush shrubRead More

Welcome to Wild About School Food!

Are rising food costs getting the best of you? Is sourcing and preparing the healthiest foods a tribulation? Is food waste a weekly heartache? The Wild About School Food Blog is here to help you with some of the key challenges of your busy and demanding job.

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Base Sauce Basics

Using flexible base sauces saves you time, energy and money. Transform a one day special into three days of school food favorites. Choose your Wild Blueberry base sauce and see how easy it is to make the week’s menu go WILD!

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