Free fruit for kids

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Kids ages 12 and under enjoy a free serving of a fruit or vegetable every time they visit PCC.

Just let the produce staff know what your child would like to try and we'll wash and cut it so it can be eaten while you shop.

Each month, we highlight different fruits and vegetables. Encourage your children to give these items a try and they'll be enjoying a rainbow of produce in no time!

Featured vegetable of the month

fruits and veggies

Zucchini & summer squash Add to list

Kid-friendly recipes

Nutrition & fun facts

  • Squash of all kinds have been cultivated in North America for approximately 8,000 years, well before either maize or beans. The word “squash" comes from the Narragansett word askutasquash, which means "eaten raw or uncooked."
  • Zucchini, which are a type of summer squash, contain more potassium than a banana. If you have just one of them, it’s a zucchina. Squash is one of two fruits that's also a verb (the other is date).
  • Zucchini offers plentiful vitamin A, C and potassium, while patty pans supply vitamin C and magnesium. The subtle but distinct flavor can use some improvement for most kids – try pan-fried slices or shred them into baked patties.

Featured fruit of the month

fruits and veggies

Peaches & Nectarines Add to list

Kid-friendly recipes

Nutrition & fun facts

  • These beloved fruits are originally from China, but spread throughout the world thanks to the Silk Road and the ease of transporting the pits. Today there are over 700 cultivated varieties.
  • How can you tell a nectarine from a peach? A nectarine is smooth, while peaches are fuzzy. They’re the same fruit, with just one, naturally occurring, genetic difference: the one that make the fuzz!
  • Kids usually love the juicy sweetness (white varieties are even sweeter), but occasionally the texture is a turnoff. Smoothies can solve the problem, as can serving them in small pieces alongside crunchy cereals.

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