A SHOPPING TRIP!
Think about the last time you went to the grocery store. Did you help your mom, dad, grandparent, or friend pick
out the food to buy? Did you stop and think about where all the food comes from? People in the United States are
lucky. We have easy access to a safe and affordable food supply at our local grocery store. While much of the
food in your grocery store comes from other parts of the U.S. and even the world, did you know that a lot of the
food you eat every day is from crops and animals raised in Nebraska?
Let’s grab a cart and travel the aisles of a grocery store to discover more about our homegrown Nebraska food!
Our cart is full, and we have
more knowledge about how
Nebraskans grow the food
we nd in our grocery stores.
To discover even more about
what is grown and raised
in Nebraska, check out the
Nebraska Interactive Map:
Next stop is the dairy cooler! Here we
nd milk, cheese, yogurt, and other
dairy products. Nebraska ranks 26th
in total milk production—and that milk
is processed into the delicious dairy
products we enjoy. Most dairies in
Nebraska are located in the Central
and Eastern parts of the state. They are
located near processing facilities which
reduce shipping time (milk is perishable!).
The meat counter and cooler is
where we nd a great source of
protein in beef, pork, and poultry.
Nebraska is a national leader
in beef production, ranks 5th in
pork products, and produces
lots of broiler chickens that are
processed into the chicken breast,
tenderloins, and nuggets we eat.
Remember to get a dozen eggs! Eggs are
great for breakfast (and other meals!) and
are used many different ways in cooking
and baking. Eggs are high in protein and
vitamin D. Nebraska ranks 5th in egg and
egg product exports!
What is your favorite way to eat eggs?
Making some soup or chili? Want a side to go with
that steak you bought? When you grab a can or bag
of pinto beans, black beans, Great Northern beans,
light red kidney beans, navy beans, or garbanzo
beans, it’s likely those were grown in Nebraska! Our
state ranks 6th in all dry edible beans grown! Most
are produced in Western and Southwest Nebraska
where the soil and climate is favorable for beans.
What is your favorite
What is your family’s
favorite type of
meat to serve?
Need a tasty, crunchy,
and nutritious snack?
Grab a bag of popcorn!
the most popcorn of
any state in the nation!
farmers produce 350
million pounds of
popcorn each year!
BREAD, CEREAL, AND
Ready for a sandwich? That
loaf of bread may have our
grown by Nebraska wheat
What is your favorite kind of
cereal? Nebraska-grown corn,
oats, and our are processed
into the akes, o’s, and oatmeal
you enjoy each morning!
Our rst stop: the produce section where
we nd fruits and vegetables! While
the climate in our state isn’t ideal for
growing large quantities of most fruits and
vegetables, Nebraska farmers do grow
produce that is often sold as “locally grown”
in our stores. And, did you know Nebraska
is a large producer of potatoes? Grab a bag
to bake or make mashed potatoes!
Let’s grab a bag of chips! Nebraska
grows lots of potatoes, many of
which are processed into potato
chips! And, some of the corn
grown in our state is processed
into those yummy corn chips!