Fall in love with new fruits & veggies! Take the February #ProduceChallenge! 

February is an exciting month full of celebrations including the Super Bowl, Valentine’s Day, and Mardi Gras. With so many celebrations, it’s easy to fall into poor eating habits. That’s why it’s important to start the month off with a plan. The February Produce Challenge Calendar will help keep you on track and encourage you to eat your fruits and veggies every day. 

And don’t worry… fruits and veggies can party too! We’ll be sharing lots of great Valentine’s Day and party recipes this month that will have you celebrating sans guilt. Be sure to subscribe to our weekly e-newsletter (subscribe in the section below) and follow along on Facebook and Instagram.

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:

February 2018 Produce Challenge Calendar

Hover your mouse over each item for a fun fact! 

Two thirds of all the world’s walnuts are grown in California.
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Two thirds of all the world’s walnuts are grown in California.
Romaine Lettuce contains over 17% protein with about 7 grams per head.
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Romaine Lettuce contains over 17% protein with about 7 grams per head.
Botanically, snow peas are a fruit, but they are utilized today in the culinary world as a vegetable.
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Botanically, snow peas are a fruit, but they are utilized today in the culinary world as a vegetable.
Dates are a wonderful source of potassium and contain over 16% of your daily dose in about 100 grams.
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Dates are a wonderful source of potassium and contain over 16% of your daily dose in about 100 grams.
Lacinato Kale literally translates to “black cabbage” and has been grown in Tuscany, Italy for centuries.
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Lacinato Kale literally translates to “black cabbage” and has been grown in Tuscany, Italy for centuries.
Lemongrass is a tall perennial grass that is native to India and tropical regions of Asia.
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Lemongrass is a tall perennial grass that is native to India and tropical regions of Asia.
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.
Harvest of the Russet Potato begins in late August or early September and ends by the first of November.
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Harvest of the Russet Potato begins in late August or early September and ends by the first of November.
Mushrooms are more closely related to humans than to plants when looking at their DNA.
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Mushrooms are more closely related to humans than to plants when looking at their DNA.
Tomatoes are rich in lycopene which is a valuable antioxidant with health-protecting effects.
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Tomatoes are rich in lycopene which is a valuable antioxidant with health-protecting effects.
In 2003, the heaviest lemon ever grown was recorded in Kefar Zeltim, Israel.
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In 2003, the heaviest lemon ever grown was recorded in Kefar Zeltim, Israel.
Green beans are also called string beans and snap beans.
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Green beans are also called string beans and snap beans.
Did you know that India Pale Ales (IPAs) are brewed with natural grapefruit flavor?
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Did you know that India Pale Ales (IPAs) are brewed with natural grapefruit flavor?
Some studies have shown that consumption of eggplant may be beneficial for glaucoma patients.
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Some studies have shown that consumption of eggplant may be beneficial for glaucoma patients.
Edamame is of Chinese origin and was developed in Japan especially for eating out of the pod.
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Edamame is of Chinese origin and was developed in Japan especially for eating out of the pod.
Almonds are actually in the rose family and are often called “the queen of the rose family.”
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Almonds are actually in the rose family and are often called “the queen of the rose family.”
There are many varieties of cabbage such as red cabbage, green cabbage and savoy cabbage.
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There are many varieties of cabbage such as red cabbage, green cabbage and savoy cabbage.
Henry IV Part 1 and Henry IV Part 2 are the only Shakespeare plays in which radishes are mentioned, both times by Falstaff.
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Henry IV Part 1 and Henry IV Part 2 are the only Shakespeare plays in which radishes are mentioned, both times by Falstaff.
Leeks have been the national symbol of Wales for at least 700 years. One legend has it that Welsh patron St. David and his soldiers wore leeks on their helmets in a battle.
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Leeks have been the national symbol of Wales for at least 700 years. One legend has it that Welsh patron St. David and his soldiers wore leeks on their helmets in a battle.
There are more than 20 billion coconuts produced commercially each year.
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There are more than 20 billion coconuts produced commercially each year.
Evidence of watermelons was found in the tomb of Kind Tut and watermelons are even mentioned in the Bible.
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Evidence of watermelons was found in the tomb of Kind Tut and watermelons are even mentioned in the Bible.
Sweet potato and Yams are botanically very different. Sweet potatoes are moist and flavorful while yams are often starchy and dry.
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Sweet potato and Yams are botanically very different. Sweet potatoes are moist and flavorful while yams are often starchy and dry.
Fresh parsnips are available year-round with the peak period during the fall and winter.
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Fresh parsnips are available year-round with the peak period during the fall and winter.
Red d’Anjou pears do not change colors as they ripen.
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Red d’Anjou pears do not change colors as they ripen.
Red bell peppers are simply green bell peppers that have been left on the vine to ripen.
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Red bell peppers are simply green bell peppers that have been left on the vine to ripen.
In China the pistachio is known as “the happy nut” and in Iran as “the smiling nut.”
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In China the pistachio is known as “the happy nut” and in Iran as “the smiling nut.”
Despite their name, strawberries aren’t technically berries, they are accessory fruits.
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Despite their name, strawberries aren’t technically berries, they are accessory fruits.
The first recorded mention of celery in France was in 1623, but humans have been cultivating this vegetable for nearly 3,000 years!
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The first recorded mention of celery in France was in 1623, but humans have been cultivating this vegetable for nearly 3,000 years!

Download and print the February 2018 Produce Challenge Calendar.

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 celebrating! 

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

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