Every year, our team heads to the Produce Marketing Association’s annual Fresh Summit show to meet with our partnering produce companies, see what new products and innovations will be hitting shelves soon, and give all of our followers an insider sneak peek into the produce industry. Check out a few of our favorite new products from this year’s show!
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Today's guest blog post comes from Nancy Gregory, senior director of communications for Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE). For more information about the Teal Pumpkin Project®, please visit tealpumpkinproject.org. For more information about food allergies, please visit foodallergy.org. When we think about Halloween, we automatically think about orange jack-o-lanterns and candy – lots of it! But for families managing food allergies, this sugar-fueled day can be stressful, and sometimes a bit of a bummer for kids who can’t eat all the candy they collect. That’s where the Teal Pumpkin Project® comes in. Launched by Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) in 2014, this awareness campaign was created to help make Halloween happy and safe for all children.
Pumpkin is a fall staple and an ingredient that is easy to find at any supermarket. That is why I am suggesting to make Pumpkin Empanadas. A perfect treat to celebrate Day of the Dead or Día de Muertos. This celebration dates from centuries ago and is a Mexican tradition. In my Mexican culture, the same way we celebrate life we also celebrate death. Because we believe there is still life after death, our beloved ones that have left deserve to be remembered and celebrated.
Getting ready for a spooktacular Halloween? Today, we’re turning Avocados from Mexico into a delicious guacamole dip with a fun Halloween spin. Kids and adults alike will love dipping into this produce-packed snack filled with naturally good fats that’s perfect for your Halloween party.
Today's guest blog post comes from our friends at New York Apple Association. Molly Zingler is marketing director for New York Apple Association, which represents New York state’s 600+ apple growers. She lives on an apple orchard. Ever wonder why New York is called the Big Apple? Because it really is! New York is perennially the largest apple producer in the East, and second only to Washington state. Apples are grown across New York state, from the lower Hudson Valley outside of New York City, to the Champlain Valley at the northernmost tip of the state, to western New York and the Finger Lakes.
I love cooking. It's relaxing, it allows me to experiment with new flavors, and it challenges me to present my kids with fruits and veggies in a way that they would actually be willing to eat them. What I don't love so much is cleaning up the kitchen. I get so wound up recreating recipes or creating my own, that I end up with several dirty pots and pans in need of cleaning when all I want to do is stay at the table a little longer, hanging out with the family. One pot meals allow me to do this! All I have to do is measure out and chop my ingredients, throw them in the pot and watch them turn into a delicious meal.
Starting a new season is exciting for many reasons, one of them being the anticipation of a whole new crop of seasonal vegetables that are available and peaking in flavor. Root vegetables are one of those categories of vegetables that can easily get overlooked at the grocery store or farmer’s market, unless you grew up eating them often. I personally did not become familiar with root vegetables (other than carrots of course) until a little later in life and am starting to introduce my family to a variety of root vegetable recipes as often as I can.
We're about a month into the school year and I can finally say we've gotten into the swing of things and have our schedules and routines established. In between homework, practice, and keeping up with the house work, it's important to find easy ways to get healthy food on the table. My slow cooker has quickly become a kitchen essential this school year, saving me lots of time and energy after a long day. I love the convenience of being able to throw in my ingredients the night before or the morning of and having dinner ready to serve by the time we get home.
I joined Produce for Kids a little more than 3 years ago after 10+ years working in the marketing world of grocery retail. Our team is small but mighty and I love the passion we have for fresh produce and giving back to our communities.
Mornings are always extra hectic, trying to wrangle the kids out of bed to get ready and get off to school on time. Something I've been doing for several years now is prepping as much as I can the night before. Laying clothes out, making sure backpacks are packed, and getting a head start on lunch - all of that saves me time, and stress, in the mornings. These Breakfast Quiche Bites are the perfect solution for those crazy busy mornings.