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Stuffed Bell Peppers

Stuffed bell peppers are a great dish to serve during your family meals! The tasty flavors & easy prep will have your family asking for seconds!  When preparing a stuffed bell pepper recipe you can use green, yellow, orange, purple or red bell peppers – it is up to you.  How do you get started? Follow these 3 simple steps to create your stuffed bell pepper dish! First – pick a pepper! While all bell peppers will provide a serving of vegetables, the nutritional quality will differ depending on the color of the pepper. Green bell peppers will be high in Vitamin C, but the... Read more →

Broccoli Recipes

Broccoli Recipes

Broccoli sometimes gets a bad rap as a boring green vegetable. But I’m here to tell you that this veggie is not as lackluster as you might think! Besides being healthy, broccoli is so versatile and tasty! Don’t be afraid to experiment with non-traditional uses for this humble vegetable. To get started, try these delicious broccoli recipes! Read more →

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5 Reasons to Love Produce Managers

  There are many different reasons to love your produce manager! They are the superstars behind helping to inspire your kiddos to eat more fruits & veggies.  They are the masterminds behind incorporating red, green, purple, blue, yellow & orange colors on your dinner plate.  They are the heroes behind providing quick, easy & nutritious meals. Last Month, United Fresh recognized and honored 25 of the industry’s top retail produce manager for their commitment to fresh produce, innovative merchandising, community service and customer satisfaction.  The United Fresh Retail Produce Awards Program pays special recognition to produce managers on the front lines in... Read more →

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July 2016 Produce Challenge Calendar

A new month is here and that means 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 are interested... Read more →

Banana Splits with a Twist

Banana Splits with a Twist

  Banana splits are one of my FAVORITE desserts! Although the banana is my favorite ingredient, I love the versatility of the toppings – you can’t go wrong! There is a huge amount of creativity that goes into making a banana split masterpiece. Plus, banana splits are the ultimate summer treat whether you are by the pool or at a ball park! Surprise your friends & family this summer by taking a twist on the traditional banana split. Replace the ice cream with greek yogurt or the sprinkles with granola! Take advantage of the delicious recipes available & serve your banana split for breakfast, lunch... Read more →

Patriotic produce recipes

Patriotic Produce Recipes

Independence Day is right around the corner! Your Fourth of July festivities are sure to be filled with lots of red, white, and blue. To celebrate this special day in our country, I’d like to introduce you to some patriotic produce. Check out these patriotic produce recipes and try one to bring some more color to your Independence Day celebrations! Read more →

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Facts on Cherries

  Cherries are one of my favorite snacks because of their delicious flavor, fantastic health benefits, and their versatility.  These 7 cherry facts will dig a little deeper on why you should incorporate cherries into your daily diet! Fact #1 Cherries can boost your brain function! Are you attempting to win a game of memory against your kids, heading into an exam, or always forgetting where you left your keys? Give cherries a try! Even better, you can reap the benefits from fresh, dried, or frozen cherries. Fact #2 Cherries are a great night time snack! The tart fruit contains the hormone melatonin,... Read more →

Hydration

Hydration: Fruits and Vegetables

As the summer months approach & the temperatures increase, keeping hydrated is essential! While drinking water will do the trick, there are other ways to keep hydrated this summer. Think outside the box & incorporate these produce varieties into your hydration regime. Watermelon Snacking on watermelon is a fantastic way to ensure you keep hydrated since this produce pick is 90% water! Watermelon is also a great source of lycopene, fiber, & vitamin A.  While watermelon can be eaten by the slice, the flavors are especially delicious when the fruit is grilled, added to smoothies, juiced or as popsicles – try the delicious... Read more →

Ag in the Classroom

Ask The Produce Expert: California Ag in the Classroom Teacher of the Year

Today’s Expert: Julie Cates, Linwood Elementary (Visalia Unified School District) Welcome to the 15th edition of our featured series, titled “Ask the Produce Expert.”  In this series, we feature an expert in the agriculture world and ask them industry-related questions.  If you have a question that you want answered by an industry expert – it’s as easy as tweeting us or posting your question on The Produce Mom Facebook page!  The Produce Mom Family of Partners is here to answer your questions! In this edition of Ask the Produce Expert, Julie Cates of Linwood Elementary is our featured expert.  Julie... Read more →

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June 2016 Produce Challenge Calendar

A new month is here and that means a new #ProduceChallenge! Are you up to the challenge?  The June Produce Challenge was created with support from Julie Cates’ 6th grade class at Linwood Elementary, located in Visalia, California. On this month’s calendar you’ll see special tips from Ms. Cates’ students. 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... Read more →

How to Select, Store and Serve Cherries | Cherry Recipes

Cherries: How to Select, Store and Serve

Cherries were brought to North America by English colonists in the 1600s, and thank goodness for that! Could you imagine summer without cherries? Is life without cherry pie really life at all?! If you can’t tell, we’re big fans of cherries around here! Rainier, Chelan, Bing...we love them all. And really, what’s not to love? They’re sweet, juicy and provide our bodies with all sorts of nutrients. Read more →

The Produce Mom celebrates National Salad Month - Hoosier Salad

Celebrating National Salad Month with the Hoosier Salad

Happy National Salad Month! This morning on Indy Style, I celebrated National Salad Month with five unique salads, only two included greens. Lettuce is not required for salads!I Hoosier Salad is full of the flavors grown in Indiana, including greens, cantaloupe, corn, bacon, asparagus, shrimp, blackberries, black walnuts, and feta cheese. It’s topped off with a Dijon vinaigrette. Read more →

Salad recipes

Salad Recipes

Welcome to National Salad Month! Let’s celebrate with some tasty salad recipes! Salads give you the chance to be creative with fresh produce. And salads mean more than the traditional green ones. What about pasta salads, fruit salads, and potato salads? Check out these salad recipes and try one today! Read more →

Centerpieces made with fruits and vegetables

Centerpieces Made with Fruits and Vegetables

How do you plan to honor Mom on Mother’s Day? Instead of buying a boring bouquet of flowers, try creating one of these gorgeous centerpieces made with fruits and vegetables. These centerpieces are guaranteed to brighten your table and your mom’s special day! Read more →

May 2016 Challenge Calendar - Linwood

May 2016 Produce Challenge Calendar

A new month is here and that means 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 are interested... Read more →

Salsa and Guacamole Recipes

Salsa and Guacamole Recipes

If you’re looking for foods to serve at your upcoming Cinco de Mayo party, check out these salsa and guacamole recipes. When you share these yummy dips with your friends, you’ll be the star of the fiesta! Read more →

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Sustainability: Cultivate with Care by Naturipe Farms

Naturipe Farm’s “Cultivate with Care” sustainability and corporate responsibility program demonstrates the growers commitment to operating their farms in a way that minimizes environmental impact and simultaneously supports local and global communities.  Cultivate with Care is one of the reasons we promote Naturipe Farms as part of The Produce Mom Family.  Naturipe is a produce department brand that values their staff, their community and our environment. This Earth Day, we all celebrate environmental & community stewardship. Naturipe Farms celebrates this everyday. The program illustrates how family farmers are taking amazing steps to ensure the land and their communities are healthy for... Read more →

Whole Vegetable Cooking Recipes

Whole Vegetable Cooking Recipes

Save the earth! It seems like a daunting task. But taking a few simple steps in our kitchens, all of us can make a difference. You can practice sustainability in your kitchen by eliminating food waste through whole vegetable cooking. This type of cooking uses all parts of a vegetable, including the parts that usually get discarded. Not only will you deepen the flavors of your recipes, you’ll also stretch your food budget because you’ll use more of the produce you buy. Give these recipes a try! Read more →

How to Steam Vegetables

How to Steam Vegetables (4 Easy Methods)

Steaming vegetables is a quick and easy way to prepare vegetables. Most veggies turn a vibrant color when they are steamed, making them a beautiful addition to any dinner table. Many types of vegetables loss some of their nutritional value during the cooking process. Steaming is a great method to use on veggies because it helps prevent some of this loss. Read more →

Rainbow Chard Recipes

Scrumptious Rainbow Chard Recipes

Do you need some color in your life? Try rainbow chard! Chard is a leafy green vegetable with stalks that come in a variety of colors. The leaves are mild, earthy, and slightly bitter, while the stalks have a sweet taste that may remind you of beets. Rainbow chard isn’t a variety of chard; it simply is a mix of colored varieties of chard. If you want your kids to try a new veggie, rainbow chard is a great choice. The fun colors make it fun to eat this healthy veggie! If you want to brighten your life, try these... Read more →

Eat more fruits and veggies! Take the April 2016 #ProduceChallenge!

April 2016 Produce Challenge Calendar

A new month is here and that means 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 for their families. People who want to learn more about where their food comes from and how it's grown. People who are interested in learning produce tips, tricks, and fun facts. Basically, EVERYONE! Read more →

Chinese New Year Recipes

Chinese New Year Recipes

Welcome to the Year of the Red Monkey! This week marks the beginning of Chinese New Year.   As with so many holidays, food certainly takes center stage at Chinese New Year celebrations. Here is a collection of Chinese New Year recipes full of delicious produce. While the first day of Red Monkey is Feb. 4, the official Chinese New Year’s Day is Feb. 8 – that’s plenty of time for you to prepare these Chinese New Year recipes!   Because spring rolls resemble gold bars, tradition says that eating spring rolls on Chinese New Year means you’ll have good... Read more →

February 2016 Produce Challenge

February 2016 Produce Challenge Calendar

The #ProduceChallenge has undergone a handful of changes recently. Don’t worry, though, the goal of the calendar is still the same…to help you eat more fruits & veggies every day! On the calendar you’ll now see weekly challenges with corresponding daily produce challenges. For example, week one’s challenge is to add a little crunch to your lunch. The daily produce challenges for the first week are all tasty and delightfully crunchy. See how easy?! Little changes add up to big results! It’s easiest to succeed at the Produce Challenge if you subscribe to the weekly Produce Challenge e-newsletter. At the beginning of the... Read more →

How to Select, Store & Serve Quince

Quince: How to Select, Store & Serve

I’d like to introduce you to a fruit that has been around for centuries, but that few people have heard of and even less have tried. Quince! Quince shares its birthplace with that of civilization, the Fertile Crescent in Asia Minor. Quince trees have been cultivated for over 4,000 years! Some even speculate that the quince was the Garden of Eden’s forbidden fruit and also the “golden apple” that Paris gave Aphrodite which started the Trojan War. With a history like that, how can you not be tempted to give this fruit a try?! Quinces are related to apples and pears and their similar... Read more →

Exotic fruit recipes

Exotic Fruit Recipes

Is the beach beckoning you during these cold winter months? If you can’t take a tropical vacation, bring the flavors of the islands to you by cooking with exotic fruits.   These foreign fruits are unusual and even downright weird. But you’ll love their extraordinary flavors in these exotic fruit recipes!   Kumquats are like miniature oranges. Their sweet and tart flavor is delicious in this Tuna Salad with Kumquat and Jalapeño from Frieda’s.   Passion fruit usually is eaten fresh. But it’s also yummy in fillings and sauces, like this Passion Fruit Sauce Over Chicken and Rice from Melissa’s.  ... Read more →

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Ask the Produce Expert: Sustainable Farming

Today’s Expert: Josie’s Organics Welcome to the 12th edition of our featured series, titled “Ask the Produce Expert.”  In this series, we feature one of our partner growers, suppliers or commodity boards, and ask them farming industry-related questions that will help us, as consumers, become more educated on the food that we purchase and eat on a daily basis.  If you have a question that you want answered by an industry expert – it’s as easy as tweeting at me or posting  it on my Facebook page!  I am eager to work your questions into this series! Josie’s Organics is a supplier... Read more →

Beet recipes

Bold Beet Recipes

Beets may not conjure up warm, happy memories for you, but they’re actually quite delectable. Though you may think of beets as red or purple, they also come in yellow and white varieties. And they’re full of nutrition, from the tip of the root to the top greens. Don’t be afraid to use the whole vegetable!   Whether you love beets or have never learned to enjoy them, try these bold beet recipes. They’re sure to get you hooked on this tasty, nutritious veggie!   One of the best ways to enjoy beets is to roast them. These simple Roasted... Read more →

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I paid more for my idea than my house

Today is the 4th birthday of The Produce Mom. Just over 4 years ago I leaped for the 1st time – on a Friday afternoon I told 4 men, all old enough to be my father, that I had an idea for my former employer’s marketing department.  I had spent nearly 7 years selling and marketing fresh produce to grocery stores throughout the Midwest, Central & Southern United States.  I was comfortable with my knowledge of the fresh produce supply chain, but I was uncomfortable with my job security – after all, it was a Friday afternoon and I was... Read more →

January 2016 Produce Challenge | Eat Healthy in 2016!

January 2016 Produce Challenge Calendar

Welcome 2016! Who’s ready to get healthy in the New Year? The #ProduceChallenge calendar has been revamped to make eating healthy even easier in the New Year! On the calendar you’ll now see weekly health challenges with corresponding daily produce challenges. For example, week two’s health challenge is to eat a green vegetable with dinner. The daily produce challenges for the week are all green veggie to try. See how easy?! Little changes add up to big results! It’s easiest to succeed at the Produce Challenge if you subscribe to the weekly Produce Challenge e-newsletter. At the beginning of the... Read more →

6 Green Smoothie Recipes

6 Green Smoothie Recipes

Have you made your New Year’s resolutions yet? Maybe the better question is have you decided how you’ll keep your resolutions? I’m sure your list includes at least one resolution about eating right, losing weight, or improving your overall health. Let me help you get motivated to stick to your healthy resolutions by showing you 6 green smoothie recipes! Green smoothies get their name because they usually contain raw leafy greens, such as spinach, kale, and swiss chard. But these healthy, creamy concoctions also have plenty of fruits, dairy, and even protein. Smoothies are great for breakfast and also can... Read more →

7 delectable date recipes

7 Delectable Date Recipes

Bring an exotic flavor to your table this holiday season with dates! This plump, sweet fruit grows on date palm trees and probably originated in the area that now is Iraq. But archeological evidence shows that even ancient Egyptians enjoyed the sweet taste of dates. Dates are made to be eaten raw, so they’re the perfect on-the-go sweet snack. But dates are so much more than a fresh fruit. Because dates can be pitted, they are perfect for being stuffed with fillings such as nuts, fruits, and cheeses. Or add dates to both sweet and savory dishes. Dates can be... Read more →

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Gift Guide 2015

Happy Holidays 2015! I have been overwhelmed with requests from all sorts of manufacturers & marketers asking me about my 2015 Gift Guide… offering to send samples to my office in exchange for an opportunity to be part of “The Produce Mom’s Gift Guide.” My answer to all of them was “Thanks, but The Produce Mom isn’t doing a gift guide.” Now that we are thick into the month of December & holiday cheer… Hanukkah just ended & we are 10 sleeps from Christmas… I changed my mind.  I do have a 2015 Gift Guide.  Below are 10 “Produce Mom-esque” gifts... Read more →