Join the #ProduceChallenge & try a different fruit or veggie every day in September!

The September 2017 Produce Challenge is here and it’s full of late summer & early fall goodies! We have lots of great recipes, tips, and tutorials awaiting you this month so be sure to join the Challenge by signing up for the e-newsletter (subscribe below). It’s 100% free!

Did you know this new variety is a hybrid fruit that took over 8 years to develop?
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Did you know this new variety is a hybrid fruit that took over 8 years to develop?
Despite their name, strawberries aren’t technically berries—they’re “accessory fruits.”
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Despite their name, strawberries aren’t technically berries—they’re “accessory fruits.”
Lemon trees can produce up to 600 pounds of lemons every year.
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Lemon trees can produce up to 600 pounds of lemons every year.
Did you know that mushrooms are more closely related in DNA to humans than plants?
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Did you know that mushrooms are more closely related in DNA to humans than plants?
One cup of baby broccoli only contains around 30 calories.
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One cup of baby broccoli only contains around 30 calories.
Radishes are good for children’s gardens because they grow quickly—only taking 22-70 days to harvest.
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Radishes are good for children’s gardens because they grow quickly—only taking 22-70 days to harvest.
Avocado trees do not self-pollinate; they need another avocado tree close by in order to grow.
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Avocado trees do not self-pollinate; they need another avocado tree close by in order to grow.
The word “raspberry” comes from the French “raspise” which means a “sweet rose-colored wine.”
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The word “raspberry” comes from the French “raspise” which means a “sweet rose-colored wine.”
Did you know that eggplant is part of the nightshade family, along with tomatoes and potatoes.
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Did you know that eggplant is part of the nightshade family, along with tomatoes and potatoes.
Blood Oranges get their color from a pigment called anthocyanin, which is not typical in citrus fruits, is found in many things, such as red flowers and cherries.
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Blood Oranges get their color from a pigment called anthocyanin, which is not typical in citrus fruits, is found in many things, such as red flowers and cherries.
Did you know that sweet potatoes are a great source of Beta carotene and vitamins E and C?
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Did you know that sweet potatoes are a great source of Beta carotene and vitamins E and C?
The Breeze has a solid pink-red blush over a yellow background. It is aromatic and sweet with a very crisp, dense white flesh.
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The Breeze has a solid pink-red blush over a yellow background. It is aromatic and sweet with a very crisp, dense white flesh.
Did you know that China, Japan and India have been cultivating carrots since the 13th century?
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Did you know that China, Japan and India have been cultivating carrots since the 13th century?
Cauliflower is an important source of dietary fiber for digestive health.
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Cauliflower is an important source of dietary fiber for digestive health.
Kale sprouts are a hybrid of red Russian kale and Brussels Sprouts.
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Kale sprouts are a hybrid of red Russian kale and Brussels Sprouts.
Mini cucumbers are cool, refreshing and perfect for snacking!
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Mini cucumbers are cool, refreshing and perfect for snacking!
Cabbage contains quantities of fiber and iron, which help to keep the digestive tract and colon in a healthy condition.
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Cabbage contains quantities of fiber and iron, which help to keep the digestive tract and colon in a healthy condition.
Did you know that artichokes are technically thistle flowers that have not bloomed?
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Did you know that artichokes are technically thistle flowers that have not bloomed?
Celery seeds are smaller than the period at the end of this sentence.
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Celery seeds are smaller than the period at the end of this sentence.
Green grapes are among the top then of the world’s favorite fruits, along with tomatoes, mangoes and bananas.
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Green grapes are among the top then of the world’s favorite fruits, along with tomatoes, mangoes and bananas.
At harvest, Bartlett pears are a vibrant green color. They change to yellow when ready to eat.
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At harvest, Bartlett pears are a vibrant green color. They change to yellow when ready to eat.
There are four general type of lettuce, Crisphead Lettuce, Butterhead Lettuce, Loose-Leaf Lettuce and Romaine.
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There are four general type of lettuce, Crisphead Lettuce, Butterhead Lettuce, Loose-Leaf Lettuce and Romaine.
The kiwifruit was first found growing in China where it was known as the “yang tao” which translates to “strawberry peach.”
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The kiwifruit was first found growing in China where it was known as the “yang tao” which translates to “strawberry peach.”
Did you know all sweet bell peppers start as green peppers?
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Did you know all sweet bell peppers start as green peppers?
Butternut squash originated from South America and has been eaten as long ago as 5000 BCE.
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Butternut squash originated from South America and has been eaten as long ago as 5000 BCE.
Some people believe that peas, boiled with onions, and spiced with cinnamon is a powerful aphrodisiac.
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Some people believe that peas, boiled with onions, and spiced with cinnamon is a powerful aphrodisiac.
In the middle ages, onions were an acceptable form of currency and was used to pay for rent, goods and services.
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In the middle ages, onions were an acceptable form of currency and was used to pay for rent, goods and services.
Honeycrisp apples originated in Minnesota in 1991.
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Honeycrisp apples originated in Minnesota in 1991.
Did you know that tomatoes are the state vegetable of New Jersey?
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Did you know that tomatoes are the state vegetable of New Jersey?
Finger limes add a slight crunch and bright citrus flavor to dishes – especially seafood dishes like sushi, scallops or oysters.
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Finger limes add a slight crunch and bright citrus flavor to dishes – especially seafood dishes like sushi, scallops or oysters.

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Produce Challenge FAQs

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.

Who should take the #ProduceChallenge?

  • People who want to eat more fruits and vegetables.
  • Families that are tired of eating the same few fruits and vegetables week after week.
  • Individuals 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.
  • Individuals wanting to learn more about where their food comes from and how it grows.
  • People who want produce tips, tricks, and fun facts.

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 e-newsletter that contains family-friendly recipes, produce industry insights, and tips & tutorials that make eating more fruits and veggies easy. To join, complete the short form above.

Which fruits and veggies are new for you this month? What’s your favorite fruit or veggie on the calendar? Let us know in the comments below!

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