BANGOR – Wild Maine blueberries are good for you and Maine’s economy.
They may soon be in school lunches all across the country. It’s a win, win.
Maine’s wild blueberry crop averages about 100 million pounds a year.
Executive Director of the Maine Wild Blueberry Commission, Nancy McBrady said “99 percent of our crop is frozen so we need to be thoughtful about where we can supply this frozen fruit and one area that is ripe for opportunity is school food service.”
About 30 million lunches and 15 million breakfasts are served in schools across the country every day. A new $50,000 grant is going to help promote the use of Maine’s wild blueberries in more schools.
They have to serve healthy foods for not a lot of money and this fits the bill.
“We offer blueberries quite frequently through the year.” added Bangor schools food service director Noelle Scott.
Bangor area schools already know about the benefits .
“They are healthy. They are full of antioxidants and they are delicious.” stated Scott.
Having the berries in more school meals will give Maine growers and producers another stable market for the crop. They will kick off the effort in early march during national school breakfast week.
McBrady stated “We’ve created and kid tested recipes that are featuring Maine wild blueberries and we are going to get those out to school professionals.”
Kids at the end of the day want to eat something yummy and those are wild blueberries.