Produce for Kids Blog

3 Ways to Use the Whole Watermelon

It’s watermelon season! Today’s guest blog post comes from our friends at the Watermelon Board, who represents 1,500 watermelon growers, shippers and importers nationwide. Their goal is to promote the nutritional, culinary and convenience benefits of watermelon. Nothing screams summer quite like a slice of refreshing watermelon! Watermelon is made up of 92% water, so it’s a natural and delicious choice to stay hydrated on hot summer days. And we all know about enjoying a slice of watermelon, but did you know you could also juice it for a refreshing drink AND use the rind in recipes? We teamed up with the Watermelon Board to bring you 3 delicious ways to use your whole watermelon. 

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Grilled Cantaloupe Salsa for Father's Day

The start of summer brings so many fresh produce varieties to stores and farmer’s markets, including melon. Cantaloupe is one of the sweet varieties of melon that I love and pairs nicely with spicy, lemony flavors. At home, grilling season is our favorite time of the year. What a better way to celebrate dad on Father’s Day than organizing a parrillada (barbecue) and preparing a spicy cantaloupe salsa with chips to serve as an appetizer before the big meal. 

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California Strawberry Season is Here + Strawberry Lime Popsicles

Today we’re excited to have California Strawberries guest blogging! The commission is responsible for conducting research to support California’s strawberry industry, including sustainable farming practices, production and nutrition research, food safety training and education, marketing and communications, trade relations and public policy. With summertime just around the corner - and an abundance of fruits and veggies everywhere - it’s a great time to start thinking about how to treat family and friends to some of the season’s most healthful and colorful dishes and snacks.

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30 No-Cook Meals for Summer

This time of year, our AC is running at full speed and the last thing I want to do is heat up the house by turning on the stove or oven to cook dinner. While I could eat salads every night of the week, my family needs a little more variety at mealtime. No-cook meals are a real life-saver on hot days, and with a little meal planning, can go beyond just salads or sandwiches.

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20 Kid-Friendly Energy Bite Recipes

Raise your hand if you have kids who always want a snack, even when dinner will be ready in 10 minutes. Or if your busy schedule has you going from school to activities before heading home for dinner and you need a little something to hold kids over? I know the feeling. Lately, I’ve been keeping a batch of energy bites on hand to keep myself and my kids from “hangry” situations.

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Inspiring Young Chefs through the #MacKidCooks Cooking Competition

Produce for Kids recently had the pleasure to sponsor the #MacKidCooks Cooking Competition put on by Macaroni Kid. The competition called for kids chef to create a new recipe and enter for a chance to compete with other kids to be named the MKCC Champion. For us, it was a natural fit to partner with Macaroni Kid and our parent company, Shuman Produce, to inspire a future generation of young chefs with to get in the kitchen and create healthy recipes.

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Apple & Dried Cherry Coleslaw

Spring is in full effect with summer fast-approaching, which means it's time to dust off the patio furniture and fire up the grill. I've actually had my grill out for a few weeks now and take every chance I get to grill our dinner. Burgers, steak, chicken, even veggies, I love grilling season! Less time in the kitchen, less mess to clean up, and more time with family and friends. Isn't that what spring and summer is all about?

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Where to Start When Work & Activities Get in the Way of Dinner

Eating dinner together as a family is a top priority in my family. Except when I have to work late. Or have a meeting. Or when my kids have soccer practice. Or a band concert. Or a study group. Or a softball game. Or...Well, you get what I’m saying. It’s one thing to WANT to spend time as a family, and quite another thing to actually DO IT. Good intentions and good food can only get us so far when it comes to shared meal times. So what’s a family to do when sports, work, volunteer commitments and music lessons get in the way of family dinner?

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Taste the Breeze, a new apple variety from Sage Fruit

We’re happy to welcome Kaci Komstadius of Sage Fruit Company for today’s guest blog post.  Sage Fruit Company is a sales and marketing firm located in Yakima, Washington. It’s owned by three apple/pear packing companies who joined together to deliver high quality fruit to consumers.

You’ve heard the saying, “In like a lion, out like a lamb,” well get ready for it, the Breeze is coming! Breeze apples that is! This variety will be hitting supermarket shelves beginning in May, and will continue through the summer.   

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A Day on the Shuman Produce Farm

Last week, the Produce for Kids team had the privilege of visiting the Shuman Produce farms for the start of Vidalia® onion season. We got to visit the offices, tour the packing facilities and take a stroll through some of the farms. Did you know that Produce for Kids was founded by John Shuman, president of Shuman Produce? Back in 2002, he had a vision to bring the produce industry together to help support children’s charities.

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