If You Think Celery is Boring, Think Again!

March is National Celery Month and so we take time to highlight this vegetable that seems so utilitarian but was once a symbol of wealth for the likes of the Astors and Vanderbilts. It was prized throughout history, from the ancient world through the Renaissance and into the Industrial Revolution. You may very well consider…

Hug A Farmer Today: It’s National Agriculture Day and Week

It’s the first day of Spring 2018! It’s also National Agriculture Day. That it coincides with the beginning of this wonderful season makes it a great day to celebrate the people who and the industry that feeds the world. Life on the farm is filled with challenges and the work is never done. A farmer…

The Artichoke: A Fallen Goddess Returned to Culinary Glory

March 16 is National Artichoke Hearts Day! The origin of these deliciously creamy and rich flavored vegetables is an interesting journey around the Mediterranean to the modern world.   But first of all let’s set the record straight.  Artichokes are not technically a vegetable. They are a flower and if left to fully mature will…

The World Doubles Down on Fresh Produce

Sales of fresh produce around the world more than doubled in the last three years according to a new industry report. In 2015 Fruit Logistica, the world’s largest trade fair for fruits and vegetables, reported that worldwide sales topped two trillion euros. In 2018 that number rose to almost five trillion euros.   But does…

When Is A Berry Not A Berry? When It’s A Strawberry.

February 27th is National Strawberry Day. Why it was chosen and not some fine summer day we do not know but we are not complaining. These beautiful fruits need the recognition. But technically they are not berries! It’s National Strawberry Day in the U.S. But did you know that the strawberry is not technically a…

What Are The Most Popular Fruits and Veggies?

What are your favorite fruits and veggies? And which do you buy most? Are you the typical buyer or do you have a lot of variety in your fresh produce purchases? Here are the top ten fruits and veggies that Americans bought last year. According to a major fresh produce industry trade journal, The Packer, Americans…

Cabbage: From Riches to Rags and Back Again

  This week’s veggie of the week has been much maligned in art and literature as it served as a symbol of the basest of human existence. But as one of the healthiest foods it can be at home not only on the daily dinner table but on the menu of the top restaurants. February…

A Perfect Valentine’s Day Fruit: The Cherimoya

With it’s perfect heart shape, deliciously creamy texture, sweet tropical flavors and its rumored aphrodisiac effects, this South American native fruit is sure to spice up your Valentine’s Day menu. A great alternative, or better yet, companion to the Valentine’s Day all star, the strawberry. Valentine’s Day is coming up next week and as much…

The Reigning Super Bowl Star Not Named Tom Brady: The Avocado

One Hundred Million. That’s the enormous number associated with the Super Bowl, America’s yearly ritual with its favorite sport, football. Yes, that is the number of people watching (plus about 20 million more) but it’s also the number of pounds of avocados that the viewers eat during the game (plus about 30 million more). How…