A new month is here and that means a new #ProduceChallenge! Are you up to the challenge? 

The June Produce Challenge was created with support from Julie Cates’ 6th grade class at Linwood Elementary, located in Visalia, California. On this month’s calendar you’ll see special tips from Ms. Cates’ students.

Who should take the #ProduceChallenge?

  • People who want to eat more fruits and vegetables.
  • People who are tired of eating the same few fruits and vegetables week after week.
  • People 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.
  • People who want to learn more about where their food comes from and how it’s grown.
  • People who are interested in learning produce tips, tricks, and fun facts.

Basically, EVERYONE! 

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 created for normal people by normal people with a passion for produce. The #ProduceChallenge is simply a guide to seasonal produce that’s packed full of fun challenges, positive encouragement, tips, tricks, recipes, and facts that’ll help you to eat a variety of fruits and veggies.

How does the #ProduceChallenge work?

The #ProduceChallenge is interactive. Click on each day of the calendar and you’ll be linked with a recipe, tip, fact, produce tutorial, or trusted partner product.

To join the #ProduceChallenge, subscribe to the e-newsletter (sign-up below). Each week, you’ll receive family-friendly recipes, produce industry insights, and tips & tutorials that make eating fruits and veggies easy. Joining the #ProduceChallenge is completely free. We strongly encourage you to subscribe simply because you’ll be more successful if you do!

Lili suggests enjoying avocado on toast!

Avocado on Toast
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Lili suggests enjoying avocado on toast!
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If your child is turned off by the “white skin” on oranges, segment the orange to alleviate texture woes with this fruit.

Orange

Learn more here!
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This quick & easy recipe for Mango Salsa is a refreshing & unique appetizer. Get the recipe!
Katie has this helpful tip to share regarding strawberries: “Strawberries are high in Vitamin C.”
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Katie has this helpful tip to share regarding strawberries: “Strawberries are high in Vitamin C.”
Julie Cates’ class thinks frozen grapes are a tasty dessert. Try and see for yourself!
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Julie Cates’ class thinks frozen grapes are a tasty dessert. Try and see for yourself!
“Any way is unusual,” as Spencer reports, “this is not exactly a fruit or vegetable.”
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“Any way is unusual,” as Spencer reports, “this is not exactly a fruit or vegetable.”
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RECIPE: Bacon Potato Salad Get the recipe!
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How to select, store, and serve grapefruit Learn more here!
Izayah mixes dragon fruit with crème and tortilla chips!
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Izayah mixes dragon fruit with crème and tortilla chips!
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Produce Tip: Use banana peels to polish your shoes!

Banana

Here’s how!
Payton recommends cutting up zucchini and serving it raw in salads to add crunch and color. Great suggestion, Payton!
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Payton recommends cutting up zucchini and serving it raw in salads to add crunch and color. Great suggestion, Payton!
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RECIPE: NatureSweet® Grilled Shrimp Tacos with Glorys™

Tomatoes, Corn, & Avocado Salsa Shrimp made better on the grill, plus a summery salsa recipe you'll use again and again. Get the recipe!

Tomatoes
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How to select, store, and serve honeydew melon Learn more here!
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Celebrate Flag Day with red and blue berries!

Berries
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RECIPE: Individual Peach Crisp Cups

Peach Crisps

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RECIPE: Cantaloupe & Cherry Salad

Cantaloupe

Get the recipe!
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This Purple Onion Spread is a wonderful condiment for grilled steak, chicken, pork chops and also as a topping for brie and bruschetta. Get the recipe!
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Red leaf lettuce adds a vibrant splash of beautiful color to salads. Mix it up with green leaf lettuce, spinach or romaine for a delicious mix of textures and colors. In one serving, red leaf lettuce contains 262% of the recommended daily value of vitamin A and 98% of the recommended daily value of vitamin K. Visit Josie’s Organics for more helpful tips and delicious recipes!
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Broccoli is a class favorite, raw, steamed or seasoned. Broccoli
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RECIPE: Caramelized Romaine Hearts with Shaved Radish

Most people think romaine can only be used in fresh salad and wraps, but you’ll be pleasantly surprised by its taste when you cook it in a cast iron skillet or on a hot grill. The smoky flavor of the romaine takes center stage in this simple salad or side dish. The addition of the radish gives a little fresh crunch. Get the recipe from Josie’s Organics!
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This leafy green vegetable looks like little cabbages. That’s because Brussels sprouts are part of the cabbage family. Brussels sprouts are an excellent source of vitamin C and vitamin K. Improve your health while enjoying these 6 delicious Brussels sprouts recipes.
Mint is not just a garnish. Elysia says, “Use mint in tea. It’s good for digestive problems.”
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Mint is not just a garnish. Elysia says, “Use mint in tea. It’s good for digestive problems.”
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Nathan loves cucumbers, especially when his class made them into pickles. Pickles
Jicama is a favorite class snack, especially when served with with chili and lime.
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Jicama is a favorite class snack, especially when served with with chili and lime.
Serve Yellow Summer Squash raw to give salads a light crunch.
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Serve Yellow Summer Squash raw to give salads a light crunch.
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Produce Tip: How to shuck corn on the cob in the microwave. Learn how here!
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RECIPE: Pineapple Teriyaki Chicken Kabobs

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RECIPE: Smashed Potatoes Get the recipe!

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