Great taste, nutrition can go hand-in-hand

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Dave Unruh, Pence, is handed a smoothie from K-State Extension Agent Carol Ann Crouch during the Food Checkout Week display at Heartland Foods.


Dave Unruh, Pence, is handed a smoothie from K-State Extension Agent Carol Ann Crouch during the Food Checkout Week display at Heartland Foods.

By Bob Campbell, staff writer


There’s a big difference between eating healthy and just eating.

That was the point of the Scott County Farm Bureau’s 15th annual Food Check-Out Week. In order to illustrate that, representatives of the organization offered a lineup of nutritious free snacks on Friday afternoon at Heartland Foods, Scott City.

“We talk with people one-on-one about eating healthy and the nutritious foods the farmers are producing,” said Scott County Farm Bureau Women’s Chairman Millie Dearden. “We’re promoting ways that people can stretch their budgets while we promote agriculture.”

Dearden reported the event “had a good turnout of about 100 people.”

Marieta Hauser, a Grant County farmer who chairs the Kansas Farm Bureau Women’s Leadership Committee, joined Dearden and her husband, Larry, at Heartland Foods with K-State Extension Family and Consumer Science Agent Carol Ann Crouch, District 9 Farm Bureau Administrator Kori Davis of Scott City, District 8 Women’s Chairman Signe Barnes of McCracken and Finney County Farm Bureau Coordinator Jennifer Gerber.

Scott County Farm Bureau County Coordinator Adrian Livingstone and county 4-Hers Kylee and Karlee Logan also took part. Larry Dearden is president of the Scott County Farm Bureau.

Hauser said surprising Heartland shoppers with free smoothies, flatbread, strawberry romaine citrus salad, Southwest chicken and trail mix was intended to be a reminder that healthy foods taste just as good as, if not better than, the less beneficial options.

“People tend to buy prepared foods and snack foods that are high in sodium and not as high in fiber,” she said. 

“A lot of people aren’t cooking at home anymore. We give them recipes and encourage them to buy things that are higher in fiber, lower in calories and chock full of antioxidants.”

Noting that Farm Bureau had just donated more than $400 in food to local families, Hauser said whole grains and multigrains are rich in fiber. 

Food donated to the Scott Community Breadbasket included juices, cereals, rice, peanut butter, jellies, oatmeal and 40 pounds of ground beef.

“When we fill a bag for a family, we try to give them a pound of hamburger for each family member,” said Hauser.


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