It is with great pride that I serve as a community partner to Indianapolis Public Schools' Foodservice Division.  Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS) is the state of Indiana's largest school district.  There are currently 61 schools in IPS & every day over 26,000 lunches are served in the district's cafeterias.  IPS participates in the following USDA Programs: 88% of IPS students qualify for free or reduced-price meals.  This statistic is on-par with other urban school districts across the United States. I believe IPS provides students with the necessary nutrition to perform in an academic setting.  Nutritional integrity & food safety standards are the primary focus in IPS' Foodservice Division.  The department's mission is "To provide students with nutritious meals they will enjoy and at the lowest possible cost to students, parents, and taxpayers." Stay tuned & together we will dive into IPS Foodservice operations and offerings.  I will help you understand the USDA's dedication to the health and nutritional needs of our nation's children through school meals. My son doesn't have a lunchbox.  He goes to school with lunch money. xoxo Produce Mom [post_title] => National School Lunch Program [post_excerpt] => According to the USDA Website: The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) is a federally assisted meal program operating in public and nonprofit private schools and residential child care institutions. It provides nutritionally balanced, low-cost or free lunches to children each school day. [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => national-school-lunch-program [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2012-09-11 15:04:37 [post_modified_gmt] => 2012-09-11 15:04:37 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://theproducemom.com/?p=1193 [menu_order] => 490 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [2] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 1185 [post_author] => 3 [post_date] => 2012-08-22 12:21:13 [post_date_gmt] => 2012-08-22 12:21:13 [post_content] => My personal network has been instrumental in the growth of The Produce Mom.  This has been a true grassroots process.  My friend's husband designed the logo.  My co-workers' cousin manages this website.  My Aunt Jean proudly carries her Produce Mom tote during her weekly shopping trips to Kohl's & CVS.  From the local media, to my sons' schools, to the Indy Fruit family & beyond... it has taken a village & the role of this personal network will remain at the forefront as we continue to expand and grow The Produce Mom brand. I often am asked "How do you do it?"  or hear "You make it look so easy." Guess what...  It's the hardest thing I've ever done. My life is chaos, my house is never clean, my laundry is never done, and my neighbors often have to text me to remind me about trash day.  But that's all normal, right? Sometimes I just feel like quitting & returning to my old, low-profile self.  It's not easy when I take my kids to the pizza place after working a long exhausting day & get approached by a Produce Mom follower... "What are you doing here???"  Don't get me wrong now--I absolutely love that this has taken off & the awareness is growing with The Produce Mom.  But I'm also a human being who sometimes just doesn't feel like cooking dinner & having more dirty dishes piled up in the sink.  If you see me at the grocery store, I might have wine or cookies in my cart, but it'll also be full of fresh, healthy foods.  You might spot me at the neighborhood pizza place occasionally, but you can also find me cooking at home 5 nights a week.  And I'm convinced that this is why The Produce Mom is enjoying such a favorable response from consumers & our industry partners.  It's just real.  I'm not a doctor.  I'm not a dietician.  And I'm the first to admit that I love a cheesy appetizer or a chocolate dessert - yet nothing excites me more than the perfect apple.  The point here is that this has been an emotional journey.  I've had a shift in identity, but I'm still just that normal person who happens to know a lot about fruits & vegetables and enjoys them immensely. So, back to the question "How do you do it?" I can do it because I'm a mom.  If you can raise children, you can do anything.  That's something all my encouraging co-workers tell me when I'm crying by the coffee pot because I'm so overwhelmed.  They look me in the eye & say "You can do this.  You're a mom.  Moms can do anything." I know it's true because I witnessed the resiliency of mothers through my mom.  She's a big reason why I haven't gone crazy.  I'm 31 & keeping her busy as ever - calling for her advice or texting her to help with picking up the boys or bumming dinner at her house. So there you have it.  I love my fruits & vegetables, but have been known to enjoy pizza or eat a cookie after dinner.  My laundry usually gets washed & dried, but doesn't always get folded.  My mom is my biggest fan.  My best friend.  And the reason why I know I can continue down this demanding path.  Here's a challenge for all of us: find a mom with an easy life.  I don't think that exists. I'll close with this question: "How do any of us do it?" xoxo Produce Mom [post_title] => The Power of Mom [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => the-power-of-mom [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2012-08-22 12:21:13 [post_modified_gmt] => 2012-08-22 12:21:13 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://theproducemom.com/?p=1185 [menu_order] => 491 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [3] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 1164 [post_author] => 2 [post_date] => 2012-08-19 11:41:16 [post_date_gmt] => 2012-08-19 11:41:16 [post_content] => It's National Potato Day!  If you love potatoes like I do, you will really enjoy this simple & delicious recipe.  Potatoes pair so nicely with grilled foods - why not grill the potatoes?  It's a beautiful day in my neighborhood...  I think we'll probably grill dinner on the patio & I'm certain that we'll be making these grilled potatoes to celebrate the beloved spud's holiday!  You should do the same - and don't forget to tweet or post a picture of your Grilled Potatoes! You can use whatever potatoes you have on-hand to make grilled potatoes.  I typically buy Reds or Yukon Golds, but I do not discriminate when it comes to potatoes.  I'm Irish & I love them all!  Here are some fun facts to help you feel good about choosing potatoes for your family:
  • Packed with Vitamin C - 1 potato provides 45% of your recommended daily intake
  • Potassium Leader - potatoes provide more potassium than any other fruit or vegetable
  • Source of Vitamin B6 - this vitamin is essential in carbohydrate & protein metabolism
  • Dietary Fiber - 1 medium potato boasts 2g of Dietary Fiber.  If you're like me & counting points... you know how important it is to have fiber
  • Carbohydrates - potatoes contain both simple & complex carbohydrates
  • Gluten Free - allergies?  no problem.  Potatoes are 100% gluten-free & offer fiber, which is often lacking in gluten-free diet
Here is a nice visual, compliments of the Idaho Potato Commission, about how potatoes stack up against other foods:   Now that you feel better about eating potatoes... here is my favorite recipe for Grilled Potatoes: [recipe] Counting points?  this is 4 points per 5oz serving!  That's about 4 grilled potato halves.
Happy Potato Day! xoxo Produce Mom
 [wpurp-searchable-recipe]Grilled Potatoes - - potato (Red or Yukon Gold, sliced in half), olive oil, salt and pepper (to taste), garlic powder (to taste), Italian seasoning (to taste), Preheat grill to medium-high heat. ; Toss all ingredients in a large bowl and mix until well coated with spices and oil. ; Put foil on grill & coat with a non-stick spray. Place potatoes on the foil and grill for 10-12 minutes per side, until potatoes are tender and brown.; - [/wpurp-searchable-recipe] [post_title] => Grilled Potatoes [post_excerpt] => It's National Potato Day! If you love potatoes like I do, you will really enjoy this simple & delicious recipe. Potatoes pair so nicely with grilled foods - why not grill the potatoes? [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => grilled-potatoes [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2012-08-19 11:41:16 [post_modified_gmt] => 2012-08-19 11:41:16 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://theproducemom.com/?p=1164 [menu_order] => 489 [post_type] => recipe [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [4] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 1141 [post_author] => 3 [post_date] => 2012-08-07 14:29:45 [post_date_gmt] => 2012-08-07 19:29:45 [post_content] => If you have ever been to a birthday party you are familiar with the scene: Kids fighting over Dora's eye, Spiderman's web, Justin Bieber's mouth & more.  An easy way to bring this excitement into the fresh offerings at your next party is to make Themed Fruit & Veggie Trays. I recently did a news segment on serving fresh, healthy foods to young children at birthday parties.  I made trays based off my favorite Sesame Street characters.  The trays were a big hit in the news studio... and they are always a big hit with kids, too!  When kids are fighting over the Cookie Monster's mouth... and it's a pile of blackberries instead of a gooey chunk of icing & vanilla cake - what's not to love?!

Try one or all of these Sesame Street Fruit Trays!

[caption id="attachment_70996" align="alignnone" width="2653"]Cookie Monster Fruit Tray Cookie Monster Fruit Tray: Blueberries, Blackberries and Yogurt Dip[/caption] [caption id="attachment_70997" align="alignnone" width="3780"]Oscar the Grouch Fruit Tray Broccoli Florets, Bell Pepper Strips, Olives, Dill Dip[/caption] [caption id="attachment_70998" align="alignnone" width="3229"]Big Bird Fruit Tray Pineapple Chunks, Mango Slices, Strawberry Slices, Yogurt Dip & 2 Blueberries[/caption] [caption id="attachment_9632" align="aligncenter" width="545"]Elmo Fruit Tray - Sesame Fruit Tray Ideas Strawberries, Blackberries, a Clementine & Yogurt Dip[/caption] From my party to yours, CHEERS! sesame street fruit tray ideas   Next up... SUPERHEROES! :) xoxo The Produce Mom Sign up here for our NEW weekly newsletter if you want more fun recipes, cooking tips, and more! [post_title] => Sesame Street Fruit And Veggie Trays [post_excerpt] => Cute and easy Sesame Street fruit tray ideas for kids! Fruit Centerpiece platter ideas for a child's birthday party or a baby shower. [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => party-time-festive-fruit-veggie-trays [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2018-08-14 13:12:37 [post_modified_gmt] => 2018-08-14 13:12:37 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://theproducemom.com/?p=1141 [menu_order] => 492 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 11 [filter] => raw ) [5] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 1123 [post_author] => 3 [post_date] => 2012-08-02 12:30:08 [post_date_gmt] => 2012-08-02 12:30:08 [post_content] => Welcome, August! Here is the industry's "peak offerings" for this time of year

FRUITS

  • Bananas
  • Blueberries
  • Grapes
  • Limes
  • Mangoes
  • Melons - all varieties
  • Nectarines
  • Peaches
  • Pears
  • Papaya
  • Plums
  • Raspberries

VEGGIES

  • Green Beans
  • Cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Sweet Corn
  • Cucumbers
  • Eggplant
  • Garlic
  • Greens
  • Spinach
  • Onions
  • Green Peppers
  • Radishes
  • Hard Squash
  • Summer Squash
  • Zucchini Squash
  Enjoy the tastes of August! xoxo Produce Mom What’s in Season? [post_title] => AUGUST: What's In Season? [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => august-whats-in-season [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2012-08-02 12:30:08 [post_modified_gmt] => 2012-08-02 12:30:08 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://theproducemom.com/?p=1123 [menu_order] => 493 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [6] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 1059 [post_author] => 3 [post_date] => 2012-07-23 16:05:25 [post_date_gmt] => 2012-07-23 16:05:25 [post_content] => It is time!  The Produce Mom is now available for retail partners - consumers will soon find me in their produce departments. The Produce Mom Picks is a program that will allow consumers to make the most of their produce shopping experience.  My "Picks" will be based off the following criteria:
  • Delicious
  • Nutritious
  • Convenient
  • Affordable
Consumers are excited because they will be able to shop for produce with confidence, knowing that these commodities all boast my seal of approval & meet my 4 benchmarks of Delicious, Nutritious, Convenient & Affordable.  Furthermore, support & education regarding preparation, storage and recipes of all "Picks" will be available on theproducemom.com. Retailers are excited because the program will encourage shoppers to explore the produce department and will offer another opportunity for education and awareness of wellness and healthy eating within their stores. The Produce Mom Picks - Good Choices for Your Family. Available exclusively from Indianapolis Fruit Company & coming soon to a retailer near you! YAY! xoxo Produce Mom   [post_title] => The Produce Mom Picks [post_excerpt] => It is time! The Produce Mom is now available for retail partners - consumers will soon find me in their produce departments. [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => the-produce-mom-picks-available-now-from-indy-fruit [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2012-07-23 16:05:25 [post_modified_gmt] => 2012-07-23 16:05:25 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://theproducemom.com/?p=1059 [menu_order] => 494 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [7] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 1034 [post_author] => 3 [post_date] => 2012-07-20 17:40:42 [post_date_gmt] => 2012-07-20 17:40:42 [post_content] => I’ve been The Produce Mom for 211 days. I’ve grown so much. I’ve worked harder in the last 7 months than I have worked in the last 31 years of my life. I’ve bit my tongue over & over again as I listen to people talk about their busy schedules or stress load.  I’ve been extra cautious to not speak too much about my schedule or stress load – everyone is stressed.  everyone is busy. The Produce Mom is a compassionate voice of knowledge for the consumer.  She understands that you want to eat a bag of Fritos with a can of bean dip at 11pm after your kids finally fall asleep.  She knows what it feels like to have jeans that don’t fit.  She has a budget for her grocery shopping.  She never has enough time.  Or energy.  Or money.  She relies on others to help her through her journey. Tonight I’m going to introduce you to Heather.  Heather Briggeman has played a more instrumental role in this journey than anyone else in my life.  Yes.  More than anyone.  That’s a bold statement.  I’m surrounded by a lot of love in my life – I’m married to my soul mate, Chip & we share 2 adorable children.  My parents live just 3 doors down from us & I visit with them daily.  My sister is my biggest fan.  My brother is my comic relief.  I have the best aunts, cousins, friends, neighbors, co-workers… heck, even my in-laws love me & I love them right back. What makes Heather different?  She empowered me to love myself. Heather is a fitness instructor & runs a small yet thriving Pilates & Yoga studio in Greenwood, Indiana.  She also offers boot camp, TRX, personal training & more. I knew I had to do something about myself when I took on a public figure role & began blogging for my company in January 2012.  If you are going to represent Indianapolis Fruit… you need to look like someone who is practicing what they preach, right?  Prior to having Heather light the fire underneath me, I looked more like The Marshmallow Mom than I did The Produce Mom.  Heather encourages me to set goals.  She holds me accountable – I often get text messages from her asking me about what I’m eating & what kind of exercise I’m doing on the days we don’t have boot camp.  Anyone can buy a gym membership or pay for a personal trainer.  But no amount of money can buy the passion for wellness that exists within Heather Briggeman.  She has a gift & I’m blessed to be on the receiving end. Through this journey we have become best friends.  Best friends.  Another bold statement.  I have friends in my life whom I’ve known since 1st grade.  I had 10 bridesmaids stand beside me on the most beautiful day of my life.   Mac’s Godmother is one of my friends.  All very special & important women in my life… but Heather’s role is just different.  She has molded me into this being that I love.  I love who I am.  I love how I look.  And I finally love being active & healthy.  She deserves the BFF title. I know that there would be no Produce Mom without Heather’s support and encouragement.  I rely on my fitness & wellness practice so much in my business life.  Heather has coached me to understand it: you fall down & you get up.  You try & try again.  Today you ace it & tomorrow you might not be able to do it.  “It” is a yoga pose when I’m at the studio, but usually “it” represents my ability to think critically & grow The Produce Mom brand.  Maybe “it” is a news interview.  I’m at the point now where I schedule in time for media everyday on my calendar…. live TV segments, phone interviews, writing press releases & more.  Some days I have “it” – some days I don’t.  That’s OK.  I can accept failure because I know I can get right back up and try again.  I’m not intimidated by these opportunities that are suddenly coming my way; Heather has taught me that I am just as capable of soaring as I am of falling.  And more importantly, she has helped me understand that both success & failure are inevitable.  My persistent attitude is the reason The Produce Mom continues to grow.  And I only have this because I’m confident and comfortable with the fact that it’s not always going to work out, but I am strong enough to persevere and work until it does.  If I’m capable of holding the plank position in a 100 degree hot yoga class, I’m capable of putting together a retail initiative program for our customer base.  Sure, I have to modify things- just as I modify my exercises.  It’s a learning curve.  I set goals with my workouts.  I set goals with my business plans.  I reward accomplished goals with new goals.  It’s so much fun & it’s obviously working. Thank you, Heather, for being part of my journey.  Thank you for caring about me & for helping me feel better about myself.  I love you… but I love me more. xoxo Produce Mom

Q & A with Heather Briggeman, The Produce Mom’s Fitness Instructor & BFF

Q: Why is healthy eating important in your life – both personally & professionally, as a fitness instructor?

Being an instructor you have to practice what you preach, and personally I just feel better when I eat better. Fruits and veggies give you energy and strength; they help with digestion and skin care. They are just great for you and the more you eat the better your body will run.

Q:  What is your favorite fruit & vegetable?  Why?

My favorite fruit is pineapple and veggie is cucumber, they both taste fresh and light. When I’m craving sweet the pineapple will fix it and I love cucumber with hummus.

Q: If someone is working out without diet modification – will they see results?

They will see results but not near as much. Diet is so important,  especially  if you are working out hard. Why put all that hard work in and then feed your body junk? You will feel better and get quicker results by modifying your diet.

Q: How important is healthy eating for people who are exercising?  Any tips for people trying to stay motivated with both?

It is so important! Give your self small steps to stay motivated. Change one thing at a time and keep adding each week until you are filling your diet with good things and exercising regularly.

Q: Why do you believe in The Produce Mom?

How can you not? She is promoting healthy lifestyle choices for children and herself.  She is changing her life which will change her children’s life for the better… Being a role model for those around her.

Q: How is there a Produce Mom in you?

I try to teach my children and people around me what healthy choices are and how they can affect your life.

Q: Has The Produce Mom changed your life?  How?

She definitely has! Seeing her motivation to be better makes me want to better.  She challenges me to be a better trainer and coach and friend. I want to be a positive role model to her and her followers which helps to keep me on track too. [post_title] => How Exercise Changed my Life [post_excerpt] => I’ve been The Produce Mom for 211 days. I’ve grown so much. I’ve worked harder in the last 7 months than I have worked in the last 31 years of my life. [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => how-exercise-changed-my-life [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2012-07-20 17:40:42 [post_modified_gmt] => 2012-07-20 17:40:42 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://theproducemom.com/?p=1034 [menu_order] => 495 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 1 [filter] => raw ) [8] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 1042 [post_author] => 2 [post_date] => 2012-07-10 01:01:55 [post_date_gmt] => 2012-07-10 05:01:55 [post_content] => I have a real appreciation for Mexican cuisine & flavor profiles.  I actually lived in Mexico during college while participating in an international study program.  I believe food is culture.  I have no real heritage in my family – we’re just your classic mix-breed Americans.  So, when it comes to cultural cuisine, I can identify best with Mexican food since I actually lived in the gorgeous colonial city of Guanajuato for a semester. While living in Guanajuato, I occasionally helped my host mother prepare dinner or went grocery shopping with my host sister.  This was the first time I was exposed to cooking with chile peppers, eating lengua tacos with corn tortillas, fire roasting ears of corn & topping them off with mayo & chile powder.  Yum.  The best part about this simple list… each one of these foods brings back memories from that semester in Mexico.  The corn tortilla story is my favorite – it was my 1st dinner living in the Ortiz family home in Guanajuato.  My conversational Spanish was mediocre, at best.  My brother Felipe asked me if I liked the food & my reply was “Sí, pero yo prefiero tortillas de orina” Which translates to “Yes, but I prefer urine tortillas.”  Everyone laughed, of course.  And when I was finally brought up to speed with the joke – I learned that flour = harina.  Not orina.  I think I’ll die knowing how to say flour in Spanish.  The moment was truly unforgettable. Sometimes I play around in my kitchen & reminisce about my time in Mexico.  That’s exactly what happened Monday night when I took a stab at my own version of a Jalapeno Lemonade… which became a Limeade.  And I used brown sugar, only because I didn’t have any piloncillo in my pantry.  And, if you are following this blog & calling on my recipes – you really need to buy agave nectar & truvia.  Since I started exercising more, I’ve become really conscious about cutting back my sugars.  Agave nectar & truvia are sold in the baking aisle right by the regular sugar… I use them all the time.  If you don’t have agave or truvia, use honey to taste.  It’s better than white sugar. [recipe] Jalapeno Limeade ¡Salud! xoxo Produce Mom PS – YES… you can add tequila.[wpurp-searchable-recipe]Jalapeno Limeade - - lime, lemon, jalapeno (more or less to taste), brown sugar, agave nectar, Truvia, Juice 6 limes & 1 lemon into a large pitcher.; Fill pitcher with cold water. Stir in brown sugar, agave & truvia until dissolved.; Slice remaining lime & lemon into thin circles & add to mixture.; Slice jalapenos lengthwise, to open chile & expose the seeds, being careful to not cut through the stem & halve the pepper. ; Allow to rest in refrigerator for at least 30 minutes. The longer the limeade rests, the more infused it will become with the jalapeno.; When desired heat is achieved, remove jalapenos from pitcher.; - <p class="p1"><span class="s1">For less intense heat, simply prick or score the jalapenos with the tip of your knife.</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">For a medium heat, slice jalapeno lengthwise (as described above) but do not half.</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">For extreme heat, halve the jalapenos to expose ribs & seeds</span></p>[/wpurp-searchable-recipe] [post_title] => Jalapeno Limeade [post_excerpt] => This jalapeno limeade is made from scratch and completely delish! PS...feel free to add tequila! [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => jalapeno-limeade [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-10-26 02:23:09 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-10-26 02:23:09 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://theproducemom.com/?p=1042 [menu_order] => 490 [post_type] => recipe [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 2 [filter] => raw ) [9] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 1073 [post_author] => 2 [post_date] => 2012-07-09 16:53:39 [post_date_gmt] => 2012-07-09 20:53:39 [post_content] => Watermelons & Tomatoes… Summertime superstars.  Most people know that tomatoes are a great source of lycopene – did you know that watermelons are also a great source of this phytochemical?  yep – depending on the seasonality, watermelons can actually offer more lycopene per serving than tomatoes!  Enjoy these 2 superfoods together in my tasty Watermelon & Tomato Salad! [recipe] Enjoy!
 [wpurp-searchable-recipe]Watermelon & Tomato Salad - - Salad: romaine lettuce (clamshell baby romaine), tomato (vine ripe ), watermelon (1/2" thick 4X4 squares), queso fresco (crumbled), green onion (sliced), jalapeno vinaigrette ((see below)), salt and pepper (to taste), Jalapeno Vinaigrette: jalapeno (seeded and minced), green onion (thinly sliced), cilantro (chopped), agave nectar, garlic (minced), lime juice (freshly squeezed), olive oil (extra virgin), salt and pepper (to taste), Salad: In a medium bowl, toss baby romaine with vinaigrette & season with salt. For each serving, place one watermelon slice on a plate, place some dressed greens onto watermelon. Top with tomatoes, cheese & green onions. Drizzle additional dressing over each serving. Season with salt and pepper.; Jalapeno Vinaigrette: Whisk together jalapenos, green onions, cilantro, agave nectar, garlic, lime juice. Slowly drizzle in olive oil, whisk until well blended. Season with salt and pepper. ; - [/wpurp-searchable-recipe] [post_title] => Watermelon & Tomato Salad [post_excerpt] => Watermelons & Tomatoes… Summertime superstars. Most people know that tomatoes are a great source of lycopene – did you know that watermelons are also a great source of this phytochemical? [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => watermelon-tomato-salad [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2012-07-09 16:53:39 [post_modified_gmt] => 2012-07-09 20:53:39 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://theproducemom.com/?p=1073 [menu_order] => 491 [post_type] => recipe [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) ) [post_count] => 10 [current_post] => -1 [in_the_loop] => [post] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 1223 [post_author] => 3 [post_date] => 2012-09-17 10:00:34 [post_date_gmt] => 2012-09-17 10:00:34 [post_content] => Fall is here! Football, sweatshirts, boots, pumpkin spice lattes.... what a wonderful time of year! It's a great time of year for produce, too. While you can purchase most produce items year round, this is a list of what the produce industry considers "in season" during the fall:

FALL PRODUCE:

Fruit

Veggies

Enjoy the seasonal bounty... and the pumpkin spice lattes! What's your favorite fall produce item? Share in the comments below.  Fall Produce: What's in Season? [post_title] => Fall Produce: What's in Season? [post_excerpt] => Fall is here! Football, sweatshirts, boots, pumpkin spice lattes.... what a wonderful time of year! It's a great time of year for produce, too. While you can purchase most produce items year round, this is a list of what the produce industry considers "in season" during the fall. [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => fall-whats-in-season [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-10-18 01:04:22 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-10-18 01:04:22 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://theproducemom.com/?p=1223 [menu_order] => 489 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [comment_count] => 0 [current_comment] => -1 [found_posts] => 980 [max_num_pages] => 98 [max_num_comment_pages] => 0 [is_single] => [is_preview] => [is_page] => [is_archive] => [is_date] => [is_year] => [is_month] => [is_day] => [is_time] => [is_author] => [is_category] => [is_tag] => [is_tax] => [is_search] => [is_feed] => [is_comment_feed] => [is_trackback] => [is_home] => 1 [is_privacy_policy] => [is_404] => [is_embed] => [is_paged] => [is_admin] => [is_attachment] => [is_singular] => [is_robots] => [is_posts_page] => [is_post_type_archive] => [query_vars_hash:WP_Query:private] => a65c45383997e6f8b71f1b895a4fafc5 [query_vars_changed:WP_Query:private] => 1 [thumbnails_cached] => [stopwords:WP_Query:private] => [compat_fields:WP_Query:private] => Array ( [0] => query_vars_hash [1] => query_vars_changed ) [compat_methods:WP_Query:private] => Array ( [0] => init_query_flags [1] => parse_tax_query ) ) -->
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