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Fresh Veggies Day 2023 (US): Facts, Dates and History

The greatest sources of micronutrients that are essential for metabolism, growth, development, and disease prevention are fresh vegetables.

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Fresh Veggies Day 2023 (US): Facts, Dates and History

Fresh Veggies Day 2023: Fresh Veggies Day is observed on June 16 to recognise the nutritional value and significance of fresh vegetables to human health. The greatest sources of micronutrients that are essential for metabolism, growth, development, and disease prevention are fresh vegetables. Vegetables’ natural fibre content prevents constipation, haemorrhoids, and colon cancer. There is no such thing as a poor vegetable, according to “Food & Wine” magazine. Some may require additional effort to remove an outer shell or skin, while others perform better when cooked. However, there is no reason not to consume daily raw vegetables.

HISTORY OF FRESH VEGGIES DAY

First settlers of America’s heartland were primarily British and Scandinavian farmers who brought agricultural techniques from their homelands to cultivate the Midwest’s fertile soil. The majority of early settlers in the United States resided near the Atlantic coast and shipped their produce east for consumption. Midway through the 1800s, however, the advent of railroads allowed farmers to ship produce directly to Chicago, where it was processed into canned products and transported back east by rail or boat.

By 1852, the distribution of fruits and vegetables across the nation had become a major issue. The California and Oregon trail was referred to by “The New York Times” as the major route for transporting fresh produce. In 1855, 59 million pounds of produce were transported by rail from the West Coast.

The Department of Agriculture was established in 1862 to ensure that all Americans had access to fresh vegetables and enhanced nutrition. They have achieved success thus far. In recent years, new organic and vegan products have entered the market, making vegetable consumption more accessible to all individuals.

Farmers in rural North Dakota convened in the spring of 1992 to discuss the future of their farms and families. They desired to transition from conventional farming, characterised by the use of agrochemicals and soil cultivation for vegetation control, to a system that would use less chemical pollution and fossil fuel. On one-fourth of their land, the farmers decided to cease using chemical pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, and fertilisers. Instead, they relied on intricate crop rotations, cover crops, manure, and compost for fertility.

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5 FACTS ABOUT BROCCOLI YOU DIDN’T KNOW

The most substantial contributor

90% of the broccoli produced in the United States originates from California.

The global record for broccoli consumption

Tom Landers holds the world record for consuming broccoli; in 92 seconds, he consumed one pound of broccoli.

cherished by the American populace

The average American consumes approximately four pounds of broccoli annually, according to the United States Department of Agriculture.

Broccoli has anti-cancer properties

Broccoli contains antioxidants that reduce oxidative stress, thereby preventing cancer.

The broccoli that weighs the most is 35 pounds.

According to the Guinness World Record, John and Mary Evans grew the heaviest broccoli ever, which weighed 35 pounds and was harvested in 1993.

FRESH VEGGIES DAY DATES

Year Date Day
2023 June 16 Friday
2024 June 16 Sunday
2025 June 16 Monday
2026 June 16 Tuesday
2027 June 16 Wednesday

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