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Produce Buzzers is a new podcast with the goal of inspiring people to eat more fresh fruit and veggies. Part informative radio show, part trivia game show, and part funny talk show, it will put a smile on your face while educating you about fresh produce. Join Theresa Nolan, Edwin Stepp, Rick Stepp, and Cynthia Benedetto as they share their knowledge about fresh fruits and veggies. Be fruitful and veg out! *This podcast discusses the nutrition and health benefits of fresh produce but the pan ...
 
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Doing good is good business. That is the belief of Martin Casanova of THX! Dreams, a fresh produce company that donates part of its profits to help farm workers fulfill vital needs. And it is not only his belief, but he is showing that it is true. THX! Dreams provides many types of necessities to needy families who work on farms where their fruits …
 
It will probably come as no surprise that November is National Roasting Month since the Thanksgiving meal most often features plenty of roasted dishes. So just in time for your holiday meal, the Produce Buzzers talk about a few of the best vegetables to accompany your turkey. Beets, Brussels sprouts, and rutabagas. But some anthropologists believe …
 
Consumers have always despaired over the high perishability of fruits and veggies and how easy it is to lose them to rot or decay before having a chance to eat them. But now that Inflation is here and stinging us in the …ummmmm… back pocket, throwing away those veggies is even more painful. Even before the pandemic and the steep rise in costs we ha…
 
We all desire “La Bella Vita” or the beautiful life. And eating lots of fresh fruits and veggies is one of the keys to experiencing it. In Italian, “Bella Vita” translates literally as “beautiful life” but, it also means “healthy life.” The Italians know well the ingredients and recipe for a beautiful and healthy life. This week’s guest on the podc…
 
How well do you know your exotic fruits and veggies? Mother Nature has given us some strange and wacky fruits to delight us and sometimes disgust us, but either way, they are fascinating. Some of Mother Nature’s weird creations have become commonplace for us in the modern world, like kiwifruit. But some exotic fruits have not made their way to our …
 
`She is “The” Produce Mom." But she will not pester you like your mom did and tell you to “Eat your veggies!” Instead, she will inspire you to LOVE fresh fruit and veggies and make them a delight in your meals like they should be. Lori Taylor, founder and CEO of The Produce Moms® joins the Produce Buzzers to tell her amazing story of creating a mul…
 
September is National Fruit and Vegetable Month! Since we are celebrating all things fruit and veggie this month, we are thrilled to have back on the podcast this week a woman who is at the epicenter of efforts to get people to eat more fresh fruits and vegetables. Wendy Reinhardt Kapsak, MS, RDN, is the President and CEO of the Produce for Better …
 
You have heard of “Johnny Appleseed,” but have you heard of “Johnny Mushroom Spore?” He is the man who is spreading mushrooms throughout Western North Carolina, and we have him on the podcast this week. Greg Carter of Deep Woods Mushrooms in Mills River, NC, joins us to tell us about the amazing world of mushrooms. Greg has been growing mushrooms f…
 
Fresh fruits and vegetables are a bit of a paradox because they are probably the only thing you can buy that are usually the least expensive when their quality is at its best. That is because the peak volume and supply typically coincide with the peak quality. We are once again joined by Robert Schueller of Melissa's World Variety Produce, a recogn…
 
What is the hottest pepper in the world? Not the Carolina Reaper, not the Ghost Pepper, not the Scotch Bonnet! It's the Hatch Chili Pepper! But we are not talking about Scoville or heat levels. We are talking about popularity. It's so popular that it has a cult following. But they are only available six to eight weeks each year. From August to Sept…
 
As our regular listeners know, we focus primarily on fresh fruits and veggies on the podcast, but we are not discriminatory when it comes to frozen and canned fruits and veggies. Especially knowing that freezing and canning of fresh produce is often done just hours after harvesting and preserves the nutrients of those fruits and veggies allowing th…
 
July is one of the most abundant months for all kinds of fruits and veggies. And there are many celebrations featuring so many of them. July is National Blueberry Month and National Peach Month. So, we join in the celebration by replaying a couple of segments from last year in which we featured these two most delicious summer fruits. The blueberry …
 
Corn is now the world’s most abundant grain surpassing wheat and rice by huge margins. Twice as much corn is produced annually as rice and more than one and a half times more than wheat. But it is not primarily used for human consumption. But since it is National Corn Month, we salute sweet corn as a mainstay for those summertime barbecues. Learn h…
 
Mark Twain once wrote, “to taste watermelon is to know what the angels eat.” July is National Watermelon month. And this week we celebrate American Independence. Watermelons are always on the table at Fourth of July parties. So, we celebrate this fruit deservedly called “The Happy Fruit” in this week’s episode. Our guest is a seasoned veteran of th…
 
June is National Mango Month. So, in this week’s episode, we celebrate this delicious and healthy fruit, one of the most popular fruits in the world, if not the most popular. Mangos originated in India and are considered a sacred fruit there as well as in other Asian cultures. We don’t know if mangos are actually sacred, but we do know that the exp…
 
June is National Fruits and Vegetables Month. Our modern world is so blessed with such an abundant supply of fresh fruits and veggies. Not only in terms of quantity, but also with amazing varieties, and with supplies of almost all of them year-round. It is as if we have found the mythical “cornucopia” that Zeus, the leader of the Greek gods, head o…
 
Every now and then, news breaks announcing an occurrence of food-borne illness in the food supply. These sometimes cause panic and inspire fear of buying fresh fruits and vegetables. As often as we hear about them, the reality is that they are very rare considering how much food is being shipped every day. This week’s guest is Tracy Fry of iFoodDS,…
 
This week, on June 10th, we celebrate National Herbs and Spices Day. So, we dedicate this episode to honor these delicious flavorings that make our fruits and veggies taste even better. To do that we have invited Melinda Richardson to join us on the podcast. She is an account executive at Gourmet Garden, an Australian company that is spicing things…
 
May is a great month for celebrating veggies! It’s National Salad Month, National Salsa Month, and National Asparagus Month. So, we dedicate this episode to them all. Learn about the history of salad. Surprisingly, it’s really quite interesting. And we dance around with America’s favorite condiment. No, it’s not mayonnaise or ketchup. It’s salsa! A…
 
Beautiful spring weather is all around and we hope that is bringing you joy. And there is no greater joy of spring than the arrival of one of the fruits that have been most often cited by people as the most joyous of all fruits and veggies—strawberries! May is National Strawberry Month and so this week we have a very special guest who has to be one…
 
May is Asian/Pacific Islander Heritage Month. This week we have a very special guest on the show that will tell us about the substantial contribution that Japanese Americans made to American agriculture, especially on the West Coast, from California through Oregon, Washington, and Idaho. Ron Inatomi is a third-generation (Sansei) Japanese American …
 
Chip Carter is a natural-born storyteller. And he’s made a profession of it for over 30 years. He worked as a journalist for several prominent national newspapers before he decided to return to his farming roots and begin to tell stories about America’s farmers. At that point, he launched the Southeast Produce Weekly, a publication and Website that…
 
Welcome to a new season of the Produce Buzzers Podcast. We are delighted that the first episode of season three celebrates the tastes and flavors of Cinco de Mayo. In this episode, you will learn about the history of the celebration and why it is more popular in the United States than in Mexico. But that is just an excuse for us to talk about the f…
 
This week we have another bonus segment from season two of the series to keep you fed until season three starts next week. It's short, so it’s just a snack. But we think it will satisfy your hunger for all things fruit and veggie. In this segment, Theresa is going to tell us about the amazing nutritional value of leafy greens and how eating them ev…
 
Season two of our podcast has concluded and we are excited to announce that season three will begin at the end of April. Make sure you subscribe so you can get notifications of the new episodes. We have some interesting and delicious episodes planned for next season. But in the meantime, enjoy this bonus segment from season two that wound up on the…
 
Have you ever ordered fresh produce online for delivery or pickup? How do you feel about letting someone else pick out your fruits and veggies? The Produce Buzzers examine a recent survey of consumers about their fresh produce buying preferences. And play along with the Produce Buzzers as they play guess the official fruits of each U.S. State. --- …
 
What is more joyful than eating delicious, sweet strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, and blueberries? And they are so good for your health. This week’s guest on the Produce Buzzers Podcast has been selling and marketing berries for many years. Steve Trede works for Driscoll’s Berries, a pioneer in the development of some of the most delicious …
 
Alex Jackson is the granddaughter of Frieda Caplan, the founder of Frieda's Specialty Produce. Frieda was a pioneer in the fresh produce industry and was responsible for bringing to your table some fruits and veggies that were virtually unknown in the U.S. before she had the vision and savvy to import them. Her story is a fascinating one you are go…
 
You know eating fruits and vegetables is good for your health. But is it a chore to do so or a pleasure? Wendy Reinhardt Kapsak joins the Produce Buzzers to talk about her mission to make what your mother preached to you when you were a kid, “Eat Your Veggies!” a delightful habit you will crave. As president and CEO of the Produce for Better Health…
 
Cabbage is the veggie star of St. Patrick's Day. Have you ever heard the word cabbage used as a slang term for money? It may have slipped out of fashion in the slang use of today. But our cousin, Mike Stepp, a guest on the podcast at the end of February to talk about his long-time work growing apples, related a story about turning cabbage, the vegg…
 
This week we feature a cruciferous vegetable that is the star veggie of St. Patrick's Day alongside corn beef. Cabbage is a very cost-effective way to get the vitamins and minerals you need to stay healthy. And then we will tell you about some very special nuts, no not us Produce Buzzers. These nuts get their name from a part of the brain, which is…
 
How are all the different varieties of apples created? In this week’s episode, we are joined by our cousin, Mike Stepp, owner of Stepp’s Hillcrest Orchard in North Carolina. His “you-pick” apple farm is one of the top agrotourism destinations in the country. Thousands of people come from miles around every year to pick their own apples and learn ab…
 
Our guest today is Dr. James Hebert, a professor of epidemiology and biostatistics at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, South Carolina. Dr. Hebert has studied and researched for years how what we eat affects our health. He is arguably the world’s foremost expert on inflammation and especially on how what we eat can contribute to increas…
 
In this episode, the Produce Buzzers tell us about fruits and veggies that have inspired romantic love and have been thought to be aphrodisiacs. Yes, we will talk about strawberries, but some of them will surprise you and might make you giggle. But fair warning, don't try to replace your gift of flowers and chocolate-covered strawberries this Valen…
 
Winter can be a gloomy time, but probably one of the few things that is really awesome about wintertime is the marvelous variety of delicious citrus fruits that are in season, plentiful and inexpensive. The winter months and into early spring is the absolute best time for citrus fruits. So today on the Produce Buzzers Podcast, Rick is going to tell…
 
Dr. Brian Asbill, a practicing cardiologist, and the world’s first board-certified lifestyle medicine physician joins the Produce Buzzers podcast to explain how eating more fresh fruits and vegetables and adopting a plant-based diet can help you not only become healthy, but healthy and whole both physically and mentally. After twenty years as a car…
 
Robert Schueller may be the world’s foremost expert on exotic fruits and vegetables. As the Director of Public Relations for Melissa’s World Variety Produce, one of the largest purveyors of fruits and vegetables from all around the world, he knows about thousands of varieties of fresh produce. He joins the Produce Buzzers to talk about a few fruits…
 
In this episode, the Produce Buzzers celebrate National Pizza Week! Why talk about pizza on a show about fresh fruits and veggies! Why of course—the fabulous fruit and veggie toppings that adorn them! That is the best part of any pizza. The crust, sauce, and cheese are just a flavorful delivery system for delicious fruit and veggies! But we will al…
 
Today we celebrate the mighty bean! Because it is National Bean Day in the United States. Beans have been a staple of the human diet for many thousands of years. Learn about all their tremendous health benefits and get a couple of delicious recipes. And hear the strange story of the famous Greek mathematician and philosopher, Pythagoras, who was de…
 
Happy Holidays everyone! Welcome to our special Christmas episode. What the heck are “sugar plums?” Are they real fruit? How many pear trees with partridges will your true love send you on the 12 Days of Christmas? And the fruitful tradition of stocking stuffers including oranges and walnuts! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/produce-buzz…
 
On this week's podcast, we focus on a little veggie that you may not be too aware of, but chances are you have eaten them at one time or another. And we play another Mystery Fruit or Veggie Quiz Challenge. Play along and see if you can guess what it is. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/produce-buzz/support…
 
In this episode we talk about a Southern New Year's traditional meal featuring collard greens and black-eyed peas. And a special guest, our beautiful cousin Colette Worley, joins us to give her collard greens recipe passed down from our grandmother. And she will tell you about our family’s restaurants that always featured delicious vegetable dishes…
 
In this episode, Theresa Nolan tells you all about Leeks, a delicious winter veggie with tremendous health benefits. And Rick Stepp tells us all about Pomegranates since November is National Pomegranate Month and they are fully in season. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/produce-buzz/support…
 
This episode is our Thanksgiving special episode in which we will feature some of the most popular Thanksgiving fruits and veggies, including Brussels sprouts and cranberries. Plus, we will once again play the Mystery Fruit or Veggies Quiz Challenge. Play along with our Produce Buzzers and see if you can guess what it is. --- Support this podcast: …
 
In this episode, the Produce Buzzers tell us all about kiwifruit and share a delicious recipe for Ratatouille, the famous French stew chock full of veggies! And have you ever heard of "Aronia Berries?" They are an antioxidant powerhouse with 12 times that of blueberries! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/produce-buzz/support…
 
In this episode, the Produce Buzzers tell you about cruciferous veggies and tell you how to grow and use Lion’s Mane mushrooms. And are you a Super Taster?! Find out what that is and if you are one. And we play another round of the Mystery fruit of veggie quiz. Stay tuned and play along to see if you can guess today’s mystery fruit or veggie. --- S…
 
In this episode, the Produce Buzzers tell you about some winter squashes. And play along with them in the Mystery Fruit or Veggie Quiz Challenge. Can you guess today's featured fruit or veggie? --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/produce-buzz/support
 
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