March 2017 Produce Challenge Calendar

March 2017 Produce Challenge Calendar

A new month is here and that means it’s time for a new #ProduceChallenge! Are you up to the challenge?

Who should take the #ProduceChallenge?

  • People who want to eat more fruits and vegetables.
  • People who are tired of eating the same few fruits and vegetables week after week.
  • People who are looking for new and exciting way to cook & bake with fruits and vegetables.
  • Parents who want strategies to get their children to eat more fruits and veggies.
  • Parents who are looking for kid-friendly recipes.
  • People who want to learn more about where their food comes from and how it’s grown.
  • People who want produce tips, tricks, and fun facts.

Basically, EVERYONE!

What is the #ProduceChallenge?

Let’s start by saying what the #ProduceChallenge is not. It is NOT a restrictive diet or a rigid plan that only health nuts can follow. The #ProduceChallenge is simply a guide to seasonal produce that contains fun challenges, positive encouragement, tips, tricks, recipes, and facts that’ll help you and your family eat more fruits and veggies.

What if I’m on a special diet or have diet-restrictions?

If you’re on a special diet or have diet restrictions, don’t worry! The #ProduceChallenge plays well with all diets: Gluten-free, dairy-free, vegetarian, organic, conventional, nut-free, no problem! The challenge isn’t about changing your current diet, it’s simply about adding more produce to it, whatever it is. If there’s a produce item on the calendar that you can’t eat, simply replace it with another one you can. As long as you’re eating fruits and veggies every day and trying new and different items, you’re doing it right!

How does the #ProduceChallenge work?

The #ProduceChallenge Calendar is interactive. Click on each day of the calendar for a fun fact or tip. But the real fun begins when you JOIN the challenge. When you join (it’s completely free), you’ll receive a weekly email that contains family-friendly recipes, produce industry insights, and tips & tutorials that make eating more fruits and veggies easy.

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To join the #ProduceChallenge, subscribe to the e-newsletter (sign-up below). We strongly encourage you to subscribe because you’ll be more successful if you do. The recipes, tips, and tutorials you’ll receive to your inbox will make the challenge a breeze! So join the thousands of other Produce Moms and Dads that are already taking the challenge and sign up now:

Virginia Ralls Janet apples, one of the Fuji’s parents, was first grown at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello.
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Virginia Ralls Janet apples, one of the Fuji’s parents, was first grown at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello.
Bananas are low in calories and have no fat, no sodium, and no cholesterol.
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Bananas are low in calories and have no fat, no sodium, and no cholesterol.
Sweet Potatoes are a great source of fiber when you eat them with the skin on.
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Sweet Potatoes are a great source of fiber when you eat them with the skin on.
Papaya plants can grow to reach 16 to 33 feet in height!
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Papaya plants can grow to reach 16 to 33 feet in height!
Pummelos are the largest type of fruit belonging to the citrus family.
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Pummelos are the largest type of fruit belonging to the citrus family.
Many heirloom tomatoes are sweeter and lack a genetic mutation that gives conventional tomatoes a uniform red color.
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Many heirloom tomatoes are sweeter and lack a genetic mutation that gives conventional tomatoes a uniform red color.
According to the American Heart Association, onions can help reduce hypertension.
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According to the American Heart Association, onions can help reduce hypertension.
All baby peppers start out some shade of green and change color as they mature.
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All baby peppers start out some shade of green and change color as they mature.
A 100 calorie serving of sugar snap peas contains more protein than a whole egg or a tablespoon of peanut butter.
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A 100 calorie serving of sugar snap peas contains more protein than a whole egg or a tablespoon of peanut butter.
Portobello mushrooms, button mushrooms and white mushrooms are all the same mushroom at different levels of maturity.
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Portobello mushrooms, button mushrooms and white mushrooms are all the same mushroom at different levels of maturity.
Thyme was once used in the process of mummification in ancient Egypt.
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Thyme was once used in the process of mummification in ancient Egypt.
Asparagus is known as the “harbinger of spring” in the vegetable kingdom.
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Asparagus is known as the “harbinger of spring” in the vegetable kingdom.
Compared to mature broccoli, the flavor of baby broccoli is mild, peppery and a little sweet.
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Compared to mature broccoli, the flavor of baby broccoli is mild, peppery and a little sweet.
Spinach is a great source of dietary fiber, phosphorus, vitamin B1 and protein.
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Spinach is a great source of dietary fiber, phosphorus, vitamin B1 and protein.
Celery is stringy because of its cell structure. The cell walls are tougher to help keep the plant upright and that’s what gives celery its crunch.
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Celery is stringy because of its cell structure. The cell walls are tougher to help keep the plant upright and that’s what gives celery its crunch.
In 1948 a young Marilyn Monroe was crowned as Castroville’s first “Artichoke Queen.”
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In 1948 a young Marilyn Monroe was crowned as Castroville’s first “Artichoke Queen.”
Cabbage belongs to the same family as broccoli, Brussels sprouts and cauliflower.
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Cabbage belongs to the same family as broccoli, Brussels sprouts and cauliflower.
Cucumbers contain phytochemicals that kill the bacteria responsible for causing bad breath.
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Cucumbers contain phytochemicals that kill the bacteria responsible for causing bad breath.
Granny Smith Apples are believed to be the descendant of a French crabapple.
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Granny Smith Apples are believed to be the descendant of a French crabapple.
Fig tress have no blossoms on their branches; the blossom is inside the fruit!
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Fig tress have no blossoms on their branches; the blossom is inside the fruit!
Did you know that it takes about 2.5 pounds of grapes to make just one bottle of wine?
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Did you know that it takes about 2.5 pounds of grapes to make just one bottle of wine?
Lime trees are generally small and only reach a height of about 16 feet.
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Lime trees are generally small and only reach a height of about 16 feet.
Blueberries are one of the few commercially grown fruits that are native to North America.
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Blueberries are one of the few commercially grown fruits that are native to North America.
Californian farmers began growing clementines in 1914.
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Californian farmers began growing clementines in 1914.
When selecting a honeydew melon, find one that is heavy for its size with a waxy rind.
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When selecting a honeydew melon, find one that is heavy for its size with a waxy rind.
Rutabagas are believed to have originated as an accidental cross between a turnip and a cabbage, probably in Europe in the 1600’s.
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Rutabagas are believed to have originated as an accidental cross between a turnip and a cabbage, probably in Europe in the 1600’s.
When cooking purple cauliflower, it’s best to keep the time on heat short! If cooked too long, it will lose its purple color and turn green.
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When cooking purple cauliflower, it’s best to keep the time on heat short! If cooked too long, it will lose its purple color and turn green.
Capsaicin is the substance that gives jalapeno peppers their heat.
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Capsaicin is the substance that gives jalapeno peppers their heat.
The Yukon Gold’s namesake pays homage to the Yukon River and gold rush country, and was the first potato bread in Canada to be mass marketed by name.
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The Yukon Gold’s namesake pays homage to the Yukon River and gold rush country, and was the first potato bread in Canada to be mass marketed by name.
Some cooks prefer Italian Parsley over other parsleys because it has a sweeter flavor than the curly variety.
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Some cooks prefer Italian Parsley over other parsleys because it has a sweeter flavor than the curly variety.
Bosc pears have a firmer, dense flesh than other pear varieties, so they are ideal for use in baking, broiling or poaching.
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Bosc pears have a firmer, dense flesh than other pear varieties, so they are ideal for use in baking, broiling or poaching.

Click here to download and print this calendar as a PDF.

Have a great March. Enjoy those late winter/early spring fruits and veggies!

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