Those nine words sum up the March 8 edition of the Perishable Pundit, which devoted 13,317 words to the topic of salad bars. Good perspectives and interviews, of course. Remarkable loquaciousness, especially considering that I have it on good authority that the Pundit types hunt and peck style.
By the way, this 2005 research drawn from Southern California schools said this about the prospects of salad bars as a path to increase fruit and vegetable consumption at schools:
“Environmental interventions combined with educational approaches may be needed to effectively promote children’s fruit and vegetable consumption at school. This study suggests that merely providing a self-service salad bar is not a sufficient intervention to improve elementary school children’s fruit and vegetable intake. However, salad bars with more variety were associated with higher intakes. If confirmed in further studies, salad bars with a high variety of fruits and vegetables may become a recommended strategy for meeting national fruit and vegetable intake goal.”
With targets for industry-donated salad bars set ever higher and with the help of many industry leaders pulling the same direction, the once-envisioned "recommended strategy" is becoming a reality.
I was talking to with a couple of Northwest leaders the other day and our conversation turned to the apple economy. The price strength of Washington apples is something to marvel at, considering the state's fresh crop this year is busting out at near 130 million cartons, up an absurd 21 million cartons compared with the non-too-shabby 109 million carton crop of last season.
Because of the shorter crops in the Midwest and East, apple buyers have supported the ample crop in the Northwest with higher prices. Through March 9, the average price for fresh apples in Washington were $25.90 per carton, up from about $22.49 per carton a year ago.
Even with orchards devoid of their normal bounty in Michigan and New York, the Vienna, Va.-based U.S. Apple Association reported that March 1 U.S. fresh apple holdings of 63.3 million cartons were up 13% from a year ago.
U.S. Apple reported that a whopping 61 million cartons of that total were found in Washington state. For those of you in Rio Linda, that’s an astounding 96% of the U.S. total apple holdings.