HOW TO USE PEANUT BUTTER TO TAKE A BITE OUT OF HUNGER, by Larry Williams UF/IFAS Extension Agent

 
Join Okaloosa County Extension along with University of Florida Institute of Food & Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) and the Florida Peanut Producers Association to help take a bite out of hunger by participating in a local peanut butter drive.

We are competing against other peanut-producing counties in the Panhandle for the most jars of peanut butter donated. Participate and help make Okaloosa a winner.

Bring unopened jars of peanut butter to one of the drop-off locations listed, now through November 15. All peanut butter collected will be donated to local food pantries during Farm-City Week.

In 2012, peanuts were grown on 97,655 acres across the Florida Panhandle with Okaloosa County growing 2,885 acres. The two largest peanut-producing counties in Northwest Florida are Jackson County with almost 34,000 acres and Santa Rosa County with more than 24,000 acres. Ten states grow 99 percent of the U.S. peanut crop: Georgia, which grows about 42 percent of all U.S. peanuts, followed by Texas, Alabama, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Mississippi, Virginia, Oklahoma, and New Mexico. The southeast is the largest peanut production region, with Florida producing approximately 9 percent of the total national crop.

The majority of peanuts grown in Florida are dried, shelled and processed into peanut butter, roasted nuts, candy or other products. But for those that enjoy boiled peanuts, we do have some fresh market peanuts, also referred to as “green” or “boiling” peanuts sold this time of year as peanuts are being harvested.

The average child will eat 1,500 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches before he or she graduates high school. Keep children eating locally grown peanuts in healthy, nutritious and yummy peanut butter by donating jars of peanut butter.

Visit http://peanutbutterlovers.com for peanut butter recipes, health and nutrition information and to view a video of an Okaloosa County third generation peanut farmer.

For more information about the Peanut Butter Challenge, call Okaloosa County Extension at 850-689-5850.

DROP-OFF LOCATIONS

Okaloosa County Extension Office
3098 Airport Road in Crestview
Open Monday-Friday, 8 am to 5 pm
Note: This location will be closed November 11 for Veteran’s Day

Okaloosa County Farm Bureau Office
921 West James Lee Blvd. (U.S. Highway 90) in Crestview
Open Monday-Friday, 8 am to 5 pm

Okaloosa County Extension Annex
127 N.W. Hollywood Blvd. in Fort Walton Beach
Note: This location is only available for drop-off of peanut butter each Friday from 9:30 am to noon through November 15.

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