The Bald Eagle Area agriculture program has again teamed up with the Family and Consumer Sciences class to host the fourth annual Fresh is Better Showcase – an annual event to feature foods developed by students, while also giving back to the community.
The event will be held from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Oct. 12 at the high school cafeteria.
The goal is for students involved in the project to market their product. In exchange for any of the number of foods being featured, the class is asking for canned food donations that will later be given to local food banks.
Ag teacher and FFA adviser Todd Biddle said that because most products are not produced under legalities of the state Department of Agriculture, they cannot legally sell the product for a monetary profit. They can, however, make an exchange or trade. Many of the foods, Biddle said, are made from Penn State recipes, and include apple sauce, apple butter, hot pepper relish, pear jelly, pickled peppers, goat milk cheese and microgreens.
“What my kids get to see is the process that goes into food production, and that the product they produce has very few ingredients and the end product is extremely high quality,” Biddle said.
Other items, on the other hand, such as the chicken corn soup, dog biscuits and sausage can be sold because they have been regulated by the state and are government licensed products. All have been developed by the ag students as part of class curriculum and approved by a state agency or inspector.
The chicken corn soup will be available for $2 a bowel or $5 a quart. Proceeds from the soup are used for costs to raise the next group of chickens in the spring and sweet corn expenses needed to continue this project. Sausage produced by members of the BEA FFA will also be available for $5 a pound. The meat will be processed at a USDA-inspected facility under the direction of a USDA inspector. Proceeds from sausage sales will be used to support FFA activities members participate in.
Canned items suggested for donation include tuna, meats and stews, soup, peanut butter, fruits and vegetables, and beans; and packaged meals, pasta and rice, fruit and vegetable juices, cereal, oatmeal and baby food. Expired items will not be accepted.