Reader sweepstakes: Fresh Summit swag bag

Fresh Summit Swag bag

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This week’s giveaway is thanks to the Idaho Potato Commission, who gave me a pass to attend the Produce Marketing Association’s Fresh Summit held in Anaheim, CA in late October. I learned a lot about potatoes and citrus, and was overwhelmed at the amount of produce, packaging options, sorting machines, and all the cool new produce-related products that were being exhibited. I’m giving away all the nifty swag, but first let me tell you about the show.

We had been forewarned… the show is ginormous. It’s really too big to see in one day, but that’s the time I had. My fellow bloggers laughed at me, but I had looked up all the companies I was interested in visiting and had a spreadsheet. I struck off on my own, heading to the far left of the floor to the new products area, and slowly wended my way across.

Produce Marketing Association's Fresh Summit exhibit hall

It’s perfectly appropriate that this is a little out of focus… that’s exactly how I felt starting the day in this hall. Where to begin? I followed my list.

Brad's Raw Foods Kale Chips at Fresh Summit

One of the very first things I tried were these gluten-free raw kale chips. Soooo good. And yes, this is Brad of Brad’s Raw Foods. Kale guys are cute!

garden seeds display at Fresh Summit October 2012

While not all the companies at the show are non-GMO, I was happy to find plenty of organic and non-GMO options, like these seeds from Lake Valley.

Botanical Interests seed company at Fresh Summit October 2012

It was fun to meet reps from companies whose products I love, like Judi Werling from Botanical Interests. I have bought their organic and non-gmo seeds for my home garden for years.

Tofurky founder Seth Tibbott at Fresh Summit 2012

I usually don’t think about the people behind the brands. This is the inventor of Tofurky, Seth Tibbott. They are working on new gluten-free products. Yay!

Deardorff Farms at Fresh Summit October 2012

One of the biggest takeaways from visiting this show… If the company is “Deardorff Farms” there really are Deardorffs, who are the real farmers. Kinda cool to meet Doug and Scott and learn about their 75-year-old farm.

Actor Donny Most at Fresh Summit with Recipe Renovator

And then there were the more esoteric meet-ups. Potandon Potatoes had a huge booth with a 50’s diner theme. So of course, who was sitting there but Ralph the Malph from Happy Days? Do I want to take a picture with him? Yes, yes I do.

Fresh and Healthy vending at Fresh Summit October 2012

I literally chased down this guy after seeing his name badge. This is Ross Horn, who is trying to improve vending machines by filling them with fresh fruits and veggies instead of junk food. Go Ross!

Figs at Fresh Summit October 2012

A dizzying array of fruits and vegetables were available to taste at every booth

Herb Thyme herbal lemonade drink at Fresh Summit October 2012

Plus gorgeous things to drink like this herbal iced tea from Herb Thyme

Artichoke line at Fresh Summit October 2012

Where else are you going to see this sign? With a long line of people in it?

More details about the Fresh Summit from other bloggers who attended:
California Greek Girl
Family Spice
Jolly Tomato

This week’s question is:
What is the most unusual fruit or vegetable you have ever eaten? Where were you when you had it?

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  • Prize description: Hardcover copy of Potato Country, large stuffed Spuddy Buddy, aluminum water bottle, eyeglass cleaner, citrus juicer and lemon “fountain”, hand sanitizer and breath mints, neoprene laptop carrying bag, spicy chili mix. Retail value of $75.00.

Required FTC disclosure: The pass to attend Fresh Summit was given to me by The Idaho Potato Commission. I covered all other expenses. I was not paid to write this post.

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  1. Debbie E. says

    I had no idea how to eat the cactus pear and still don’t. The hard little cactus points make it so difficult to eat. I’ll stick to regular pears thank you. I was at home and even looked it up on the computer.

  2. Jeffrey says

    The oddest fruit I tried was Star Fruit. It was on the markdown rack at the local grocer so I bought it and tried it at home. I was pretty good, kind of citrus like with a somewhat odd texture.

  3. Elizabeth Handler says

    The oddest -not sure what I’d call it- was raw sugar cane. It was just there in our local grocery store-Wegmans-one day, and my son and I were intrigued. We took it home, split it and ate the pulp. It was okay, but not outrageous.

  4. Athena R says

    The strangest fruit I ever ate was rambutan and also prickly melon. The rambutan was good…reminded me of lychee, but the melon was not good at all in my opinion. I tried them at my home because I won them.

  5. says

    That sounds like my dream kind of show! I’ve never heard of a produce-only trade show. Wowzah! And Ralph Malph–lucky!!! 😀 (PS not entering. . . just commenting from Canada.). 😉

  6. deb m says

    My son always wants to but the “exotic” fruit in the grocery store, I don’t even know the name of half the things we’ve tried at home!