Farm to Institution Program Services

The Mission Mountain Food Enterprise Center provides a USDA/FDA fully inspected food processing facility that helps meet the processing needs of food service programs.  We offer value-added products sourced from local growers in partnership with the Western Montana Growers Cooperative.  MMFEC staff regularly creates fresh cut fruits and vegetables for schools that serve in-classroom snacks through Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program. Complimentary snack fact sheets created by our FoodCorps service member accompany each processed fresh item. A few examples of the snack products are:

  • Cut carrot coins
  • Cubed Dixon Melons
  • Bell Pepper Rings
  • Cut Cucumbers

Dixon melon processing

 

At MMFEC we also create season extended (frozen) products to help schools provide local produce year round.  These products are also a means for local growers to sell their second grade crops and create non-seasonal market opportunities.

This year we are projecting to process and freeze over 50,000 pounds of fruits and vegetables. We will be ramping up the efforts on tried and true products while tackling new ones as well.

  • Pitted, sweet Flathead cherries
  • Butternut squash cubes
  • Roasted pie pumpkin puree
  • Blanched green beans
  • Diced onions
  • Diced peppers
  • Shredded zucchini
  • Shredded carrots

 

WMGC Frozen Squash

 

Montana Beef-Lentil Crumble

The Beef-Lentil Crumble was developed to help Montana Schools utilize local beef in recipes without compromising nutrition, flavor, or budgets. The blending of beef and lentils offers a versatile, fiber and protein rich addition for sauces, Sloppy Joes, or Mexican food. 

 

The crumble is available in plain and taco flavored, contact us today!

  • 100% Montana product
  • Fully cooked, heat and serve product
  • Helps meet legume and protein requirements
  • Versatile protein addition to soup, sauces, Sloppy Joes, burritos, tacos, nachos, and so much more!
  • KID APPROVED! Tested in 4 Montana schools with a 93% approval rating

 

If your institution is looking for a processed local item that you do not see listed above, please contact us to discuss opportunities for creating the product that will work for your institution.

For a complete product list or more information about ordering, please contact Brianna Ewert, Farm to Institution Program Manager, 406-676-5901, x124, brianna.ewert@lakecountycdc.org  

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