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Mary Blackmon, founder of Farm Star Living, caught up with several buyers at the Organic Produce Summit, held July 13-14 in Monterey, CA. Be sure to hear what Olivia Waszkiewicz of Sam's Club, Charlie Russel of SuperValu, Tyler Young of Blue Apron and Monina Knox of Sobey's had to say about the sold-out trade show.


Monterey, CA — The inaugural Organic Produce Summit, held July 13-14 at the Monterey Hyatt Resort & Spa, was a huge success with a sold-out trade show floor buzzing with activity and a wide array of the world's largest organic fresh produce companies.

Check out all the hype as Mary B. takes you on a tour of the trade show floor.



Gideon (The Truth) Oji of Marrow, GA, hoisted the Kale Cup as the World’s healthiest eating champion at Kale Yeah! The World’s Healthiest Eating Championship, the newest event cooked up at the 2016 Taste of Buffalo presented by Tops.

Oji, a professional eater sanctioned by Major League Eating, consumed 25-and-a-half bowls of kale to be crowned champion of the inaugural Kale Cup. Presented by Independent Health Foundation’s Healthy Options program, Kale Yeah! included top professional eaters sanctioned by MLE who competed to become the healthiest competitive eater on the planet by consuming as much kale as possible in eight minutes.

Kale was chosen for this healthy eating championship as one of the most nutritional vegetables containing many health benefits, according to Carrie Meyer, executive director of Independent Health Foundation.

Those entered in this competition ate kale salads with olive oil, vinegar, salt and pepper. Kale Yeah! included both seasoned and local professional eaters competing for prizes totaling $4,000. Oji was awarded the top prize of $2,000.


Retailers, growers, distributors and processors gathered in Monterey, CA, last night as the inaugural Organic Produce Summit kicked off with its opening reception at the Monterey Hyatt. 

The day-and-a-half-long OPS continues today with a series of educational sessions and keynote speakers covering a wide range of topics related to the booming $14 billion organic produce category.

After a lunch break, the OPS moves to the sold-out exhibition floor, featuring a wide array of the world’s largest organic fresh produce companies.


ELIZABETH CITY, NC — When one thinks of North Carolina agriculture, one thinks of sweet potatoes — and that's understandable since the state leads the nation in production of that crop. But North Carolina has much more going on than that, especially in the summer time. The Tarheel State ranks third in the nation in overall agricultural production, behind only California and Florida.

Watermelon, corn, greens, berries, cantaloupe and fresh summer potatoes are all part of the NC ag picture.

The Produce News caught up with Tommy Fleetwood from the North Carolina Department of Agriculture for an update.

Look for an update on the South Carolina summer deal later this week.