[montanafood_ag] Fwd: The Montana Dirt - March 2016

Sandra Booth sandrab at ncat.org
Thu Mar 10 09:19:42 MST 2016


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Even though we have snow on the ground, perhaps the groundhog was
correct and spring is coming early this year. If so, those of us
working on the Montana Healthy Food and Communities Initiative are
ready to meet it with programs for planting, educating, and helping
connect farmers and ranchers with local institutions. Keep scrolling to
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Harvest of the Month Pilot Ends

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February marked the conclusion of the year-long Montana Harvest of the
Month pilot project, and the 11 participating schools have been sharing
stories and successes from their participation. Over the course of the
year, students at these schools were exposed to a Montana-grown food
each month through school meals, educational activities and taste
tests. Now new schools can start signing up to participate in the
Harvest of the Month in the coming school year. Read on for some
highlights
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nch%2Dcoming%2Dsoon%2F>  from the pilot and to learn how you can sign
your school up for the Harvest of the Month project, launching
statewide in September!

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New Dairy Fees Withdrawn

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Faced with opposition from dairy producers and processors, the Montana
Department of Livestock (DOL) agreed in early February to kill its own
proposal to increase milk inspection fees. In addition to opposition
from the dairy industry, the DOL faced the prospect of a legislative
committee blocking its ability to implement its proposal. Ultimately,
the DOL declared its own idea unworkable and said it would go back to
the drawing board. Read the full story
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18779&ct=dairy&redir=http%3A%2F%2Fgrowmontana%2Encat%2Eorg%2F2016%2F03%2
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Local Beets Highlight of February Food


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How do you like your beets? Roasted with thyme or shredded raw with an
apple cider vinaigrette? How about painted on a page with a love note?
Students across Montana voiced their opinions for their favorite
Harvest of the Month recipe and played with their food along the way.
In celebration of local beets, service members encouraged students to
engage with the vibrant root vegetable creatively, including stamping
Valentine's Day cards with beet shapes, writing with beets as markers,
and painting pictures with beet dye. Nothing "beets" a nutritious meal,
beautiful artwork, and happy, healthy kids!
Read on
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18779&ct=foodcorps&redir=http%3A%2F%2Fmtfoodcorps%2Encat%2Eorg%2Flearnin
g%2Dto%2Dlove%2Dbeets%2F>  to see how FoodCorps service member Lexie
Gallegos is making a difference for kids and their school food.

 

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Upcoming Events


Join us for a webinar to learn about the Montana Harvest of the Month
program and how you can get your local products served in Montana
schools! Scheduled for Thursday, March 31, at 11 a.m., this webinar is
geared towards producers who would like to sell their products in
schools, as well as everyone interested in learning about this great
farm to school program that will be starting in September 2016 across
Montana. Visit http://farmtocafeteria.ncat.org/harvest
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st> for more information and to register.

 

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Featured Recipe: Beef and Broccoli Bowl


This recipe can be made with the help of young children. They can take
turns measuring the ingredients and reading the steps and will be
excited to share the finished product with family members! Use Montana
beef! 
 Beef Harvest
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> Servings: 4
Adapted from: Cooking Light
<http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/beef-broccoli-bowl> 

Ingredients:
rice, soba noodles, or rice noodles for 4 servings
1?4 cup lower-sodium soy sauce
1 tbsp cornstarch
1 tbsp hoisin sauce
1 (12 oz) boneless sirloin steak, cut into thin strips
2 tsp canola oil
2 cups broccoli florets
1 cup vertically sliced red onion
1 cup chopped carrot
1?2 cup water
2 tsp dark sesame oil
1?3 cup sliced green onions

Directions:
1. Cook rice or noodles according to the package directions.
2. Combine soy sauce, cornstarch, and hoisin sauce in a medium bowl to
create a marinade. Add beef, toss to coat, and set aside.
3. Heat oil in a large skillet on high heat, swirl to coat.
4. Using a slotted spoon or tongs, move beef to pan, reserving
marinade. Cook 2 minutes or until browned, stirring occasionally.
Remove beef from pan.
5. Add broccoli, onion, and carrot to pan; cook 4 minutes or until
broccoli is crisp-tender, stirring occasionally. Add reserved marinade
and bring to a boil. Cook 1 minute.
6. Add beef and cook 1 minute, or until thoroughly heated.
7. Sprinkle with green onions. Serve over rice or noodles

Makes 4 Servings

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