Food Handler’s Course
Foodborne illnesses can be prevented by following simple food safety practices. Texas A&M AgriLife Extension-Wise County provides a Food Protection Management Training Program that seeks to reduce the risk of food borne illness.
Food service employees and those who operate a cottage food business can attend a two hour Food Handler’s class on Wednesday, February 6, 2019 from 2:00 pm to 4:30 pm at the Wise County Extension office in Decatur to learn more about good personal hygiene, cross contamination and time and temperature abuse. The registration fee is $20.00 and covers course materials and an official food handler card. The deadline for registration is Tuesday, October 16. Space is limited.
The Texas Cottage Food Law requires that anyone who operates a cottage food business have a food handler card. The food law allows the following list of foods that can be sold: baked goods, jams and jellies, dried herbs, pickles, popcorn snacks, candy, unroasted nut butters, and vinegar. These foods can also be sold at venues outside the home including farmers markets, roadside stands, and fairs.
For questions concerning the food handler class or the Texas Cottage Food Law please call 940/627-3341 or come by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension’s, Wise County Office, 206 S. State St., Decatur, Texas 76234. The Food Protection Management (FPM) Training Program is brought to you by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in cooperation with the Texas Department of State Health Services, and the County Commissioners Court Cooperating.
Tip 1: Bring a dish you enjoy!
The hardest part in holiday gatherings is trying to find a food or dish which can be part of your healthy holiday. If you are going to a party which you can bring a dish, bring something which is part of your healthy meal plan. Some of our favorites include:
Tip 2: Be smart with your beverages
Every holiday party has a punch, cocktail, or sweetened beverage. Our tip is not to drink your calories during a gathering. Not only do many of these beverages have lots of added sugar but are high in calories. Save your calories and added sugar and choose either water, sparkling water or unsweetened tea.
Tip 3: Don’t starve yourself throughout the day.
As much as we would like to save all our calories for a holiday party; not eating regular meals throughout the day can lead to overeating. Instead eat regular meals during the day and make those meals count. Choose vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and a good source of protein to help keep you satisfied.
Grab your friends and join us for our newest program called Path to the Plate-Healthy Grilling Workshops. Hosted by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and Wise County Extension’s Leadership Advisory Board, Family and Consumer Sciences, and Ag and Natural Resources planning groups; the two night event is scheduled for Thursday, April 27 and May 4 in the Women’s Building at the Wise County Fairgrounds. The workshops begin at 6 pm each evening and will conclude around 8 pm.
We are targeting busy people who still want to make time for meal preparation with a grilling twist and feel good about what they are feeding themselves and their family. Whether you’re an old hand or a novice at outdoor grilling we think you will benefit from Path to the Plate. Our goals are to promote Texas Agriculture and teach participants about the role agriculture plays in providing proper nutrition, preventing food waste, and alleviate unsubstantiated fears about the food supply.
To get you ready for grilling season, cooking demonstrations will showcase how to use fresh flavors to make healthy and delicious meals for you and your family. Two different type meats (beef, pork, fish, poultry) along with fruits and vegetables will be featured at each workshop session. You will learn to maximize flavor with the mysteries of marinades and rubs, smart grilling techniques and hear the facts of gas vs charcoal grills. Generous samples of each recipe demonstrated are sure to satisfy your appetite. Agriculture commodities will be featured as we connect agriculture production to health and nutrition.
The pre-registration fee is $15 per person for one session or $25 per person for both sessions. The fee includes recipes, brochures, recipe samples, goody bags, and door prizes. Please call the Extension office at 940/627-3341 to reserve your spot. Space is limited.
Sponsors of Path to the Plate include: Texas Beef Council, Cargill, Texas Pork Producers, First Financial Bank, First State Bank, Legend Bank, and The Community Bank.
I hope you will join us to gain tips, tools and tastes that will put you ahead of the pack this grilling season! For additional information, contact the Extension office at 940/627-3341.
What is the 40 Gallon Challenge?
The 40 Gallon Challenge is a call for residents and businesses to reduce our region’s water use on average by 40 gallons per person, per day. The challenge began in 2011 as a voluntary campaign to increase water conservation.
The 40 Gallon Challenge encourages people to save a minimum of 40 gallons a day by adopting new water-saving techniques. The pledge card outlines water-saving practices and the daily water-savings to expect. You can use the pledge to review the water-saving practices that you or your family currently puts to use. By pledging new practices, you will see the total daily savings expected for your household
To start saving water and take the challenge, go to the website and complete the checklist of water-saving practices. The checklist includes both indoor and outdoor water-saving tips.
What are you having for Dinner Tonight? This website is devoted to helping busy families by providing videos and recipes of main dishes, appetizers, side dishes, and healthy desserts.
Certified Food Manager Training Program (CFM)
The Food Protection Management Program offered by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service provides food safety education for retail food establishments in Texas. Texas A&M AgriLife Extension offers both the Certified Food Manager’s course and the Food Handler’s course. Click the links above to see information on these courses and view a schedule of course and testing