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The Produce Pair

48 EpisodesProduced by Dan AvakianWebsite

Dan The Produce Man and Guido The Gardener share the enjoyment of fresh fruit and vegetables with guests in the food world.

48 Episodes | 2020 - 2023

Coachella Valley Sweet Corn!

May 19th, 2023


Fire up the grill this weekend with fresh new crop California corn on the cob! The desert region has given us great promotable volume on this first …

English Peas a Real Spring Treat!

May 18th, 2023


Fresh English Peas in the pod are in from along California's coastal growing regions

Dan shares tips on what to look for so you ca become an expert at picking out the sweetest

peas every time!

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May- Peak season for several Artichoke varieties!

May 17th, 2023


Dan shares with us the best way to pick an artichoke with a Big Heart!

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The Golden Rush of Gold Rush Apples!

October 16th, 2022


Like many other apples the cidery sweet Gold Rush Apple is a combination of several other varieties. Tasty, Crunchy, and in season NOW! 

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Farmers Market Tips

September 23rd, 2022


When you buy specific produce items during your trip to the farmers market makes a big difference in how long they will last.

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Last Day of Summer Grapeness

September 22nd, 2022


Are California Concord Grapes really Concord Grapes? The Thompson Seedless Golden Surprise! 

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Fresh September Figs!

September 20th, 2022


September is a great month for fresh California figs, but how do you pick the sweetest and tastiest fruit?

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Dry Farmed Tomatoes

September 17th, 2022


September is a great month for California tomatoes, Heirlooms, Beefsteaks, and Multi-colored Cherry Tomatoes, but there's one tomato that bursts with …

Taste, Aroma, Color, Texture.

September 6th, 2022


Blast from the Past: Award-winning Hall of Fame Legend Graham Kerr joins Dan and Guido to share the pleasure of fresh fruit and vegetables. 

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Blast From the Past Jan 29 2005

February 15th, 2022


Dan and Guido go over in-season produce of the day as well as health news from early 2005.Country of Origin Labeling, Food Labeling, RFIDs, OSO sweet Onions, Tangerines, Desert Artichokes, Peruvian Mangoes, and more! 

Blast from the Past: The Queen of the Kiwifruit and other Specialties

January 15th, 2022


Dan the Produce Man and Guido the Gardener with Guest Frieda Rapoport Caplan
Exact date unknown - the early 2000s

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Have Yourself a Scary Little Christmas and a Creepy New Year!

December 28th, 2021


Creepy Santa, Pickled Zucchini, Cigar Smoking Paperboys, Kelsey Printing Press, Mel's Bowling Alley.
Dan the Produce Man shares a wild story of his pre-produce days as a paperboy in Alameda California

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Blast From the Past Series at PW Market Dec 2, 2003

December 17th, 2021


Dan and Guido broadcast Live at the legendary PW Market in Castro Valley California. PW Markets, now closed, was a good old-fashioned high-end …

Vegan Seafood?

October 25th, 2021


Registered Dietician, Food Technologist, and Author Nancy Berkoff joins Dan and Guido with fantastic information on Nutrition for the elderly, Also …

Blast from the Past: October 23, 2004.

October 19th, 2021


Blast from the Past: October 2004.
Dan and Guido cover winter squashes that were starting to trend, early organic Satsuma Mandarins, Black Twig Apple and interviews from Produce Marketing Association’s 2004 Fresh …

Squirrely Pumpkin

October 10th, 2021


Dan and Guido discuss the "Lucky Pear," Asian Pears, Honeynut Squash, French and Italian Prunes, Guido gives Dan some advice on keeping the squirrels from eating his pumpkins.  

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Late Summer Fruit and Winter Garden

September 20th, 2021


Dan and Guido go over some late summer fruit and Guido the Gardener gives tips on planting a winter garden 

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Rough on the Outside, Soft on the Inside.

June 14th, 2021


It's California Avocado Season, in fact, it's California Avocado Month! Jan DeLyser from the California Avocado Commission joins Dan and Guido to inform us all about the creamy goodness of avocados. From the most …

How Many Produce Items Are in Your Refrigerator?

May 30th, 2021


Patrick Kelly (The Produce Industry Podcast) joins Dan the Produce Man™ for a conversation on fresh produce consumption. Do produce industry people eat what they sell?
What’s new with the FlavorWave App and The Produce …

"Organic Produce is the Gateway To All Other Organic Foods"

May 24th, 2021


Dan the Produce Man and Ron Pelger (filling in for Guido) welcome Matt Seely from the Organic Produce Network. Topics include pricing of organic produce, consumer awareness, and trends, the growth of organic produce …

Our Produce is Tops!

May 10th, 2021


Dan and Guido welcome Jeff Cady - Director of Produce and Floral at Tops Friendly Markets and 2020 Produce Retailer of the Year!
Jeff shares insight on what Makes Tops different from other retailers especially in the …

Try It!

April 22nd, 2021


Karen Caplan from Frieda's Specialty Produce joins Dan and Guido to discuss her latest book: Try It! How Frieda Capland Changed the Way We Eat!
Also, Turmeric benefits, purple sweet potatoes, Dragon Fruit with flavor, …

Championing Fresh Produce in Our Lives

April 18th, 2021


Nate Montgomery The Produce Champion shares stories of the giant produce market in Guadalajara, importing and exporting fresh produce, and taking advantage of our local crops. 

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Bring It On Home!

April 8th, 2021


Laura Mcintosh from PBS Bringing It Home joins Dan and Guido with tips on what’s in season now… and a sneak preview on the start of the California cherry season just a few weeks away!

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The Specialty of Specialty Produce!

April 1st, 2021


Bob Harrington from Specialty Produce in San Diego joins Dan The Produce Man and Guido The Gardener for a conversation on exotic fruit and veggies as …

30 Days of Produce

March 23rd, 2021


Eric Patrick from Grant Hunt Co. joins Dan and Guido to discuss and enlighten us on his personal 30 Days of Produce challenge and how we can take the challenge ourselves. Are you up to it? It's easier than you think, …


March 6th, 2021


Weight Loss Coach Amy Roskelly from Healthbeet shares her journey of struggles in life to finally come up with the perfect weight loss …

Mushrooms, Mangoes, Roots and Goodies, This day in Produce Pair History

February 22nd, 2021


Blast from the Past Series. The Produce Pair Radio Show on the Univeral Talk Network Feb 22, 2003. John Garrone from Hazel Dell Mushroom farm joins Dan and Guido for Mushroom Talk. Dan ad Guido cover mangoes, root …

Produce Life with Brent Erenwert

February 16th, 2021


Brent Erenwert from Brothers Produce and Houston Cold Storage joins Dan and Guido to discuss the current state of the fresh produce world and how he …

Veggie Diet & Rock 'N' Roll!

February 7th, 2021


This week Mott The Hoople Keyboard player Morgan Fisher joins Dan and Guido with stories of turning to a veggie diet, on the road with Mott The Hoople, his fascinating art, his move to Tokyo and a bunch of other good …

A Citrus celebration with Kim Flores

January 31st, 2021


What do you get when you cross a Blood Orange with a Clementine Mandarin? Why the Mandarosa of course!
Kim Flores from the Pro Citrus Network joins Dan and Guido to talk about healthy eating, specialty citrus varieties …

Enticing Navels

January 24th, 2021


Jim Savaadra, Angela Lopez Avalos and Keith Wilson of Cecelia Packing join Dan and Guido to tell us al about Heirloom Navel Oranges, Blood Oranges, Cara Cara Red Oranges.

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CBD and You

January 15th, 2021


Your Natural Healthcare's Rose Chastain explains in detail how CBD works with our bodies.   

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An Apple a Day...

January 3rd, 2021


Dan and Guido cover some apple varieties that are still on the stands that add crrrrrunch to your 2021!

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Blast from the Past Series with Chef Carlo Middione

December 27th, 2020


Chef, cookbook author, Television Personality and Restaurateur Carlo Middione is guest

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"People are our best product"

December 19th, 2020


Columnist for The Produce News and The Organic Produce Network, industry veteran and advisor Ron Pelger is our guest. Ron shares stories from the …

Ride the Flavor Wave!

December 11th, 2020


Patrick Kelly and Michael Chavez from the Flavor Wave App are guests. Fresh Produce Home delivery has never been more Fresh, Fast,  & Easy!

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Now then, some cheese my good man!

December 5th, 2020


Mark Todd The Cheese Dude joins Dan The Produce Man and Gudo The Gardener to share cheese and fruit pairings as well as cheese, coffee, and tea pairings. 

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Blast From The Past with Paul Prudhomme

November 26th, 2020


Chef Paul Prudhomme joins Dan and Guido on The Produce Pair Radio Show April 3, 2004

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Focusing on the Zone with Curtis Aikens

November 20th, 2020


Chef, Author, Literacy Advocate, TV Personality Curtis Aikens joins Dan and Guido with tips on good eating and stories of his days with Julia Child, …

Our battle for nutrition is easier than we think with Dr. Liz Isenring

November 13th, 2020


Dr. Liz Isenring, Professor of Nutrition and Dietetics, Advanced Accredited Practising Dietitian and Nutritionist, author and speaker joins dan and Guido to discuss simple and effective ways of getting more fresh fruit …

The Vegetarian Gourmet Margaret Riesen Joins Dan and Guido sharing the difference between Vegetarian and Vegan

November 6th, 2020


Margaret Riesen Joins Dan and Guido sharing the difference between Vegetarian and Vegan as well as tips on Vegetarian cooking.

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Pamela Riemenschneider - The Produce Reporter Company.

October 29th, 2020


Pamela Riemenschneider from the Produce Reporter Co. joins Dan The Produce Man and Guido The Gardener for an hour of fresh produce conversation. Topics covered are Gig shoppers at the supermarkets, Pink Glow Pineapples, …

USA Pears - Kevin Moffitt

October 16th, 2020


Kevin Moffitt from the Pear Bureau Northwest joins Dan and Guido for a conversation all about pears. We run down several varieties and how to pick them out so you get a perfect pear every time! Also, with October being …

Megan Crivelli The Produce Nerd

October 8th, 2020


The Produce Nerd Megan Crivelli author of The Grocery Guide joins dan and Guido with tips on fresh produce for your little ones, The Grocery Guide and getting more fruit and veggies into your daily diet.    

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Fall Fruit and Veg with Guest Jon Steffy - The Produce Geek

September 30th, 2020


What is in-season right now? Dan The Produce Man and Guido The Gardener with special guest Jon Steffy from Four Seasons Produce.

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Blast From The Past with Frieda Kaplan

September 22nd, 2020


Kiwi Queen and fresh produce legend the late Frieda Caplan joined Dan and Guido in July 2001.

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The Produce Pair 9.18.2020

September 18th, 2020


Dan The Produce Man and Guido The Gardener with guest Robert Schueller from Melissas Specialty Produce share what's in season. 

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