Produce Buzzers - A Podcast for Lovers of Fresh Fruits and Veggies

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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 panelists are not offering health advice in any way. Always consult with a doctor for medical issues. read less
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Episodes

Loving the Land and Feeding the World
Apr 10 2024
Loving the Land and Feeding the World
The Giumarra Companies have been fulfilling those two missions for over 100 years. This week’s guest will tell us about that legacy and about some delicious new varieties from this company that sells almost every fruit and veggie. Have you heard of the new “Lemonade” apple? This week’s guest on the podcast represents a company that began as a family farm over 100 years ago. Gary Caloroso is Regional Business Development Director for the Giumarra Companies, founded along with his brothers in 1922 by Giuseppe “Joe” Giumarra an immigrant from Sicily. The company started as a wholesaler and distributor for California farmers, primarily citrus. But within a few years the family started growing its own fruits and vegetables. They were a pioneer in growing table grapes and quickly became one of the largest grape companies in the world. Now Giumarra markets almost every type of fruit and vegetable under their wonderfully named “Nature’s Partner” brand. Gary is a longtime colleague of the Produce Buzzers and he joins us to tell us all about his long career in “Feeding the World in a Healthy Way,” the company’s tagline. The other company motto is “The Love of the Land” and the company has lived up to that priding themselves on being a good steward of the acreage they tend. Gary will tell us about those visions and also about a few of the fantastic fruits and veggies the company specializes in. They have some exciting new varieties that you will want to learn about. Have you heard of the “Lemonade” apple? Tune in. You will want to look for this delicious new treat.
Food Waste and Hunger: A National Emergency
Mar 6 2024
Food Waste and Hunger: A National Emergency
A Group of Young People Are Diminishing a National Tragedy to Help Solve a National Emergency. Listen to the Inspiring Story of The Farmlink Project and Their Heroic Procurement Officer to Learn How Food Waste is Being Redirected to Hungry Families.  This week we have an inspiring story to tell you about a group of young people who came together during the Covid crisis to help address one of the world’s biggest problems—hunger. And our guest today became one of their advisors and eventually a full-time soldier in their war against food insecurity. Luis Yepiz, the Chief Procurement Officer for The Farmlink Project, an organization based in Los Angeles, CA that connects farms that have surplus fruits and veggies to food banks and people in need. The organization is only about four years old, but in that short time they have delivered over 165 million pounds of food and over 137 million meals to people and families facing hunger.  Luis has worked for over 20 years helping find food that was destined for the dump and redirecting it to people who most needed it. His personal story is also an inspiring one. A man with many talents, he works hours and hours tirelessly every day to fulfill what he believes is his calling. Luis knows how to connect people and build synergy among companies, farms, and charity organizations to get the job done most effectively. He is also talented in another way. He is a trained opera singer! And he will sing a few lines of one of his favorite melodies to show off his beautiful voice.
Play "The Veggie Iron Chef" with the Produce Buzzers and ChatGPT
Nov 6 2023
Play "The Veggie Iron Chef" with the Produce Buzzers and ChatGPT
This week we are launching a new segment for the podcast that we hope will become a regular feature throughout each season. As our regular listeners know, all of us Produce Buzzers like to cook. None of us are professional chefs, but we are all “foodies” and have a good sense of what makes a good dish and how to pair those dishes to make a good meal. So, I am confident that each of us could stand his or her own on a show like the “Iron Chef.”   So today on the podcast, we are going to play our version of the Iron Chef that we call “The Veggie Iron Chef!” Each of our contestants will receive three random ingredients and they will have to come up with a recipe using those ingredients before the end of the show. Their ingredients will be chosen by our “Veggie Wheel of Fortune!” This is a roulette wheel with ten veggies on it. We will spin it and whatever veggie it lands on that will be the veggie our contestant will have to work with. We also have a “Spice Wheel of Foturne” and a “Fruit and Nut Wheel of Fortune” to select the other ingredients. Those also have ten ingredients each on the wheel. They can also use any other ingredients that they want to add to the dish to make it more interesting or flavorful.   Edwin will be the primary judge of the recipes they create and award points according to his superb taste and sophistication. But he will be making the rules up as he goes along, so don’t pull too hard for your favorite Produce Buzzer or you might be disappointed!   And one surprise element in our game will be that, after they create their recipes, the Produce Buzzers will see what Artificial Intelligence (AI) would do with their ingredients. Can they beat ChatGPT?   Now all the veggies on our Veggie Wheel of Fortune are in season now in the Fall, so hopefully listeners you can be inspired by our work today to create your own fall veggie dishes.
You Will Want ¡Yo Quiero!
Oct 15 2023
You Will Want ¡Yo Quiero!
We haven’t yet had an episode on the podcast that featured packaged products of fruits and vegetables. But that doesn’t mean we don’t think there are not any good ones in the produce aisle. Pre-cut, prepared, and pre-packaged fresh fruits and veggies have gained a lot of popularity with consumers over the past decade and for good reason. With our lives becoming busier and busier, these products can save a lot of time on getting the evening meal on the family table. This week we have a guest who is going to tell us about some fantastic and delicious treats that can really spice up your meals with hardly taking any of your valuable time.   Today we welcome Tara Murray, VP of Marketing for Fresh Innovations and the ¡Yo Quiero brands based in Texas. The name of the company and the brand are spot on because they are truly creating some very innovative products that will make you say “¡Yo quiero ¡Yo Quiero” when you see them. They specialize in all kinds of avocado dips including a package of fresh avocado that’s nothing but avocado. But they have also created some other delicious dips. Bean dips, cheese or queso dips, salsas, and many more combinations that will truly spice up your plate. And they are all fresh, natural, and clean with no preservatives or chemicals. They truly belong in the produce aisle.   Tune in to hear about their revolutionary and safe way of packaging these products without needing heat or chemicals to preserve them and ruining their delicious flavor. And Tara will reveal an exciting new product that will be in your local produce aisle very soon.