Happy New Year! Start 2018 off on the right foot by joining the #ProduceChallenge.

Happy New Year, everyone! Did you resolve to eat more healthfully in 2018? Or maybe you resolved to cook at home more often or eat as a family every night? The #ProduceChallenge is a great way to help you stay accountable to these resolutions. 

For those of you new to the #ProduceChallege, welcome! We’re glad to have you join us! Let us give you a quick rundown on what the challenge is and how it works (see the FAQ section below for even more detailed information). Each month, we publish a new calendar with a daily fruit or veggie challenge. Each week, we send out an email to our subscribers with recipes, tips, and encouragement to help you meet that week’s challenges. It’s completely free!

Thousands of others have already joined The Produce Moms community and are taking the #ProduceChallenge every month. Will you join us?  

Subscribe to the #ProduceChallenge & Make Eating Fruits and Veggies Easy! 

When you subscribe to the #ProduceChallenge, you’ll receive a weekly e-newsletter with delicious recipes, produce tips, and cooking tutorials. These recipes, tips, and tutorials will make it easy to succeed in your journey to eat more fruits and vegetables.

What are you waiting for? Join the thousands of other Produce Moms that are already taking the challenge. Sign up now:

Hawaii is the only U.S. state that commercially grows the papaya.
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Hawaii is the only U.S. state that commercially grows the papaya.
A ¾ cup of grapes contains just 90 calories with no fat, no cholesterol and virtually no sodium.
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A ¾ cup of grapes contains just 90 calories with no fat, no cholesterol and virtually no sodium.
Celery is about 95% water.
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Celery is about 95% water.
The origin of cilantro can be traced back to the Mediterranean.
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The origin of cilantro can be traced back to the Mediterranean.
The dark blue color of blackberries ensures that it has one of the highest antioxidant levels of all fruits.
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The dark blue color of blackberries ensures that it has one of the highest antioxidant levels of all fruits.
A black-eyed pea is also known as a cow pea.
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A black-eyed pea is also known as a cow pea.
Jicama belongs to the legume family and is available year-round.
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Jicama belongs to the legume family and is available year-round.
Roma tomatoes are a member of the Solanaceae family along with the potato, eggplant and tobacco.
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Roma tomatoes are a member of the Solanaceae family along with the potato, eggplant and tobacco.
Today we celebrate National Apricot Day in the United States.
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Today we celebrate National Apricot Day in the United States.
Ancient Egyptians worshiped onions believing that the spherical shape represented eternity.
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Ancient Egyptians worshiped onions believing that the spherical shape represented eternity.
Comice appear in all sizes, but their shape is unique among varieties; having a rotund body with a very short, well-defined neck.
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Comice appear in all sizes, but their shape is unique among varieties; having a rotund body with a very short, well-defined neck.
The Honeycrisp was first developed in the 1960’s at the University of Minnesota.
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The Honeycrisp was first developed in the 1960’s at the University of Minnesota.
Cucumbers are great for digestion and act as a very good cleansing agent for the body.
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Cucumbers are great for digestion and act as a very good cleansing agent for the body.
A ginger plant can grow up to 4 ft. tall.
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A ginger plant can grow up to 4 ft. tall.
Today we celebrate National Strawberry Ice Cream Day!
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Today we celebrate National Strawberry Ice Cream Day!
Tangelos are a citrus fruit hybrid of tangerine and pomelo.
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Tangelos are a citrus fruit hybrid of tangerine and pomelo.
The flavor profile of a fingerling potato is described as buttery, nutty and earthy flavor.
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The flavor profile of a fingerling potato is described as buttery, nutty and earthy flavor.
In the United States, butternut squash is the most widely grown winter squash.
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In the United States, butternut squash is the most widely grown winter squash.
Bok Choy and Baby Bok Choy are members of the cabbage family.
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Bok Choy and Baby Bok Choy are members of the cabbage family.
Low in saturated fat and cholesterol and high in fiber, Portobellos are an excellent source of copper (which your body needs to produce red blood cells and carry oxygen through your body).
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Low in saturated fat and cholesterol and high in fiber, Portobellos are an excellent source of copper (which your body needs to produce red blood cells and carry oxygen through your body).
Giving someone a basket of mangoes is considered a gesture of friendship.
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Giving someone a basket of mangoes is considered a gesture of friendship.
Alma, Arkansas hosts a spinach festival every April.
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Alma, Arkansas hosts a spinach festival every April.
Celebrate National Pie Day with a Jonagold apple pie!
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Celebrate National Pie Day with a Jonagold apple pie!
An avocado contains more potassium than bananas.
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An avocado contains more potassium than bananas.
The world record for most bananas peeled and eaten in a minute is eight.
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The world record for most bananas peeled and eaten in a minute is eight.
Today is National Green Juice Day, so make sure to make one with kale.
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Today is National Green Juice Day, so make sure to make one with kale.
Carrot seeds are so small that it would take nearly 2,000 seeds to make a teaspoon.
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Carrot seeds are so small that it would take nearly 2,000 seeds to make a teaspoon.
Add blueberries to your pancakes in order to celebrate National Blueberry Pancake Day!
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Add blueberries to your pancakes in order to celebrate National Blueberry Pancake Day!
Kiwis were originally called the Chinese Gooseberry.
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Kiwis were originally called the Chinese Gooseberry.
Oregano has 4 times the antioxidants of blueberries.
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Oregano has 4 times the antioxidants of blueberries.
Iceberg lettuce got its name from the way it was shipped in old train carriages in cartons with ice piled all around them. When the trains would approach towns, people would shout, “The icebergs are coming, the icebergs are coming!”
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Iceberg lettuce got its name from the way it was shipped in old train carriages in cartons with ice piled all around them. When the trains would approach towns, people would shout, “The icebergs are coming, the icebergs are coming!”

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 located above. 

Happy New Year! Let’s make 2018 the best one yet! 

Which fruit or veggie are you most looking forward to trying in January? Tell us in the comments below. 

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