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Students Attend Open Door Day

Students Attend Open Door Day

Students from Black River Falls High School had a unique opportunity to experience firsthand the effects of farm to food. The local McDonald’s sponsored the event, which showcased how their restaurants are serving local products such as beef, cheese, milk, pork, and cranberries. Ocean Spray is one of the trusted suppliers of dried cranberries for the Fruit and Maple Oatmeal they serve daily on their breakfast menu.

In celebration of this local tie, on September 23, Courtesy Corporation-McDonald’s hosted an Open Door Day at their Black River Falls McDonald’s to showcase their partnership with Ocean Spray and to provide an educational experience to several of our local students.

The morning began with a tour of our local McDonald’s restaurant, hosted by Pam Rogstad and members of Courtesy Corporation Training Department. Rick Lommen, McDonald’s Owner/Operator, shared the importance of local partnerships with quality vendors to ensure that McDonalds serves its customers only the finest and freshest products available.

“Our Open Door Days are an opportunity to bring you from your kitchen to ours. We care about all the same things you do: quality, freshness, safety, cleanliness, and a meal for your entire family to enjoy,” said Lommen.

After the tour of the restaurant students and community members had the opportunity to hear from Lynn Yu, McDonald’s Director of Nutrition, who spoke of the health benefits of cranberries paired with the whole grains offered in the McDonald’s Fruit and Maple Oatmeal. Ocean Spray representatives also spoke of the nutritional value of cranberries and the importance of local growers in their supplies. Annually McDonald’s purchases over 2.8 million pounds of cranberries.

Following the restaurant presentation and information, students and community members had the opportunity to visit Jim Bible’s cranberry marsh to view and experience firsthand how the cranberries served in McDonald’s restaurants are harvested. On the tour of the cranberry marsh, Jim explained how he uses water reels to release the fruit from the vine, and how fertilization, maximizing resources, and conservation all work together in order to produce a quality cranberry. Those in attendance had the opportunity to put on waders and join in the harvest in the marsh.