OCTOBER 2, 2019 | NATIONAL PRODUCE MISTING DAY | NATIONAL CUSTODIAL WORKER’S RECOGNITION DAY | NATIONAL COFFEE WITH A COP DAY | NATIONAL WALK TO SCHOOL DAY | NATIONAL NAME YOUR CAR DAY | NATIONAL PUMPKIN SEED DAY | NATIONAL FRIED SCALLOPS DAY
NATIONAL PRODUCE MISTING DAY
National Produce Misting Day on October 2nd recognizes the innovation of keeping fruits and vegetables fresh. Misted fingertips rest assured that produce remains crisp, plump, hydrated and nutrient-dense.
Given a choice between fresh and tired produce, we choose fresh every time. After all, who wants dried-out veggies.
Before automatic misting systems, grocers threw away too much dated product. No one likes to waste food, especially those in the business. As a solution, grocers soaked burlap potato sacks in water. At night, they laid them over their stock. The wet sacks prevented the fruits and vegetables from drying out. They even applied this technique to cheeses. While this nightly task worked, it was labor-intensive. There had to be a better way.
Eventually, there was. In 1979, along came an invention or two that changed how we get our fresh food. Automatic produce misting systems revolutionized the grocery world. While these systems extended the shelf life of fruits and vegetables, it also increased the variety of foods available.
Before, exotic food shipped in refrigerated trucks, but the time for distance traveled dramatically reduced their shelf life. Now, exotic foods stood a chance with the help of hydration. Customers no longer wait for vacation to savor a favorite delicacy. Amazingly, shoppers ask grocers to order foreign ingredients to make exotic dishes fresh in their homes.
Today, these technologies make shopping for delicious and nutritious food easy. It also improves accessibility here and around the world.
HOW TO OBSERVE #ProduceMistingDay
Get your fingers misted! Pick out your favorite fresh produce or try something new. Don’t hesitate to test that recipe you’ve been thinking about. Your grocer probably stocks the exotic vegetable you need, thanks to produce misting technology. Your recipe is now possible!
When you’re shopping, be sure to notice when the misters start working. Tell someone that it’s #ProduceMistingDay. Share your favorite fresh recipes by using #ProduceMistingDay on social media. Don’t forget to give a shout out to your local grocer for misting your fingers and having delicious, fresh product.
NATIONAL PRODUCE MISTING DAY HISTORY
Corrigan Corporation of American founded National Produce Misting Day in 2018 to share the fascinating history behind the inventive engineering that brings fresh produce to our local stores. They honor and celebrate Jack Corrigan, who is credited with establishing the first patents for automatic produce misting systems back in 1979 and his son Mike Corrigan, for having the vision to bring it to market.
As the owner of the Carrot Top produce market, Jack Corrigan also had a civil engineering background. Out of necessity, he combined his two interests and set to work. Corrigan’s inventions led to the development of innovative tools and a market-leading manufacturing company.
The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed the first National Produce Misting Day in 2019 to be observed on October 2nd annually.
NATIONAL CUSTODIAL WORKER’S RECOGNITION DAY
On October 2nd, National Custodial Worker’s Recognition Day encourages appreciation to men and women who keep our schools and workplaces across the nation running smoothly.
Custodial workers operate behind the scenes. They are often under-appreciated for the hard work they do day after day. These are the personnel keeping schools, hospitals, office buildings, museums, churches, and other buildings clean and well maintained.
While delivering outstanding services and running a well-maintained operation building, they contribute to critical first impressions and the success of any business. They’re the people we call on to give our brick and mortar businesses a polished look. The bank, schools, and office buildings look organized and presentable because custodial workers efficiently keep everything in top condition.
Additionally, their skill saves businesses and organizations money. Well-maintained carpets and surfaces last longer. Seasonal updates and maintenance help buildings to run more efficiently, too. Custodial workers make sure buildings are ready for each season and running correctly. As a result, the buildings are safer and healthier for those entering them.
The work is physically demanding. Depending on the position, custodial workers may work varying shifts and possibly in several locations. They may be part of a team or work independently.
HOW TO OBSERVE #CustodialWorkersRecognitionDay
If you know a custodial worker, THANK THEM today! Use #CustodialWorkersRecognitionDay to post on social media.
And we can all do out part to help them do their jobs too. We can be clean ourselves by keeping work stations neat. After a break, pick up after ourselves in the lunch/break room. We can even do some light dusting around our desks, office or cubicle. There is no reason to leave a mess for anyone else when we can simply do our part to help.
NATIONAL CUSTODIAL WORKER’S RECOGNITION DAY HISTORY
National Day Calendar® continues researching the origins of this worker recognition day.
NATIONAL COFFEE WITH A COP DAY
On the first Wednesday in October, National Coffee with a Cop Day brings men and women in uniform together with their communities to connect over a cup of joe.
Inspired by the cliche about officers and their coffee shop donuts, the national observance encourages communities to sponsor an event that will bring citizens and those on patrol together. The events provide an opportunity for open dialogue and improve communication. They also break down barriers and create a valuable bridge to relationships in our communities.
When officers hear their community’s needs from the people themselves, they’re better able to support them. The community as a whole will also be able to see officers as approachable and their ally in protecting and caring for their communities.
HOW TO OBSERVE #CoffeeWithACopDay
While many cities and towns across the country hold Coffee with a Cop events throughout the year, the first Wednesday in October is National Coffee with a Cop Day. Plan one now and several later in the year! Find an event near you and join. Use #CoffeeWithACopDay in your sharing on social media.
NATIONAL COFFEE WITH A COP DAY HISTORY
In 2016, the first Coffee with a Cop Day took place across the nation. The Hawthorne Police Department in Hawthorne, California launched the idea in 2011. They sought ways to interact with their community every day more successfully. As a result, they established a Coffee with a Cop event to do just that. Throughout the year they make meaningful connections, and the idea has spread across the country to all 50 states!
NATIONAL WALK TO SCHOOL DAY
The first Wednesday in October makes a perfect time to celebrate National Walk to School Day. Not only does the day encourage getting some exercise, but the weather is perfect for walking to school, too.
Walking is one of the best forms of exercise. It isn’t hard on our joints and feet like running and jogging but still gives us all the advantages.
The goal of this day is to raise awareness and support for the health, community and environmental benefits of regularly walking or biking to school.
HOW TO OBSERVE #WalkToSchoolDay
Walk to school or work. Enjoy the weather. Take photos and post on social media using #WalkToSchoolDay.
NATIONAL WALK TO SCHOOL DAY HISTORY
Organized by the Partnership for a Walkable America, Walk to School Day in the USA began in 1997 as a one-day event aimed at building awareness for the need for walkable communities.
NATIONAL NAME YOUR CAR DAY
National Name Your Car Day on October 2nd encourages a special commitment to your wheels. It’s time to give your trusty automobile what it really needs, a name.
Many of you most likely remember Herbie the Love Bug, Lightning McQueen from Cars, Kit from Knight Rider, General Lee from The Dukes of Hazzard and Bandit from Smokey and the Bandit. These are just some of the famous car names that are known by millions of people.
Make a day of it. Take the ol’ jalopy out for a spin, a nice wash, and shine and then just maybe you will select a signature meant for one so reliable. After all, you spend all that time together and take such good care of each other, isn’t it time to give those four wheels a name?
HOW TO OBSERVE #NameYourCarDay
Pick out a name for your car if you haven’t already. Use #NameYourCarDay to post on social media. Show pictures of you jalopy with that new name on a sign placard for all to see.
NATIONAL NAME YOUR CAR DAY HISTORY
National Day Calendar® continues researching the origins of this automobile-related holiday.
NATIONAL PUMPKIN SEED DAY
The first Wednesday in October offers up the seasonal delight, National Pumpkin Seed Day! As the temperatures cool and the leaves turn, snack on these delicious tidbits.
Many of us have fond memories of roasting these delicious nuggets after carving the Jack o’ lantern. However, we never realized just how good (and good for us) they were. Surprisingly, pumpkin seeds have been valued for their dietary and medicinal properties for thousands of years. In fact, pumpkin seeds have been traced back as far as 7000 BC, according to archeologists excavating a tomb in central Mexico.
Among other civilizations, the Aztecs and Mayans were believed to revere pumpkin seeds as an essential and powerful source of food and nutrition. As it turns out they were on to something – In comparison to other nuts and seeds, Pumpkin Seeds are one of the most nutritious plant-based foods. A quarter-cup serving alone includes an immune-boosting 17% of an adult’s daily allowance of zinc and a robust red blood cell-supporting 15% of the iron needed.
This little seed also has a whopping 8.5 grams of complete plant-based protein in just 1 ounce. Ounce for ounce, that’s 2.5 times more protein than a hard-boiled egg. These flavorful bites have much more to offer including a plentiful helping of minerals with over 40% of the RDI of magnesium, phosphorus, and manganese, essential nutrients that aid in overall body function.
Pumpkin seeds without shells, also known as pepitas, provide an even better standalone snack. Pepitas are especially delicious when dry roasted. Try adding savory seasonings, too. They also make great additions to salads, oatmeal, and even ice cream. Mix them into baked goods for added crunch or to granola and bars for extra protein. Don’t hesitate to elevate a savory dish to a new level by creating a pesto with pumpkin seeds.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalPumpkinSeedDay
Move pumpkins seeds from your memories file and over to your daily file. They really shouldn’t be a sometimes food anymore! Try them in this Maple Buckwheat Flapjack Recipe in this Asian Slaw Recipe from SuperSeedz. Use #NationalPumpkinSeedDay to share on social media.
Educators, visit the National Day Calendar® Classroom for project ideas celebrating this fun food holiday.
NATIONAL PUMPKIN SEED DAY HISTORY
SuperSeedz Gourmet Pumpkin Seeds founded National Pumpkin Seed Day to share all the wonderful benefits of pumpkin seeds and the ways they can be enjoyed. A woman-owned company, Kathie Pelliccio founded SuperSeedz in her kitchen with a cast iron pan making healthy pumpkin seeds to add to salads, yogurt, and oatmeal.
The Registrar at National Day Calendar® approved the day in July of 2016.
NATIONAL FRIED SCALLOPS DAY
On October 2nd National Fried Scallops Day serves up a seafood dish enjoyed across the country.
A scallop is a common name applied to many species of marine bivalve mollusks in the family Pectinidae. Scallops are a cosmopolitan family and are found in all of the world’s oceans.
Many scallops are highly prized as a food source. The name scallop applies to the meat of the scallops when it is used as seafood. The tender meat is harvested in a variety of sizes. Larger medallions grill deliciously over an open flame. Smaller scallops pair nicely in soups or pasta.
Like many types of seafood, cooks should be careful not to overcook. The meat becomes tough and rubbery. However, when cooked to just done, the meat is melt-in-your-mouth tender.
HOW TO OBSERVE #FriedScallopsDay
Here are two very good recipes to enjoy these Fried Scallops in your home:
Use #FriedScallopsDay to post on social media.
Did you know, in Italy, scallops is a dish of potatoes, veggies and thin slices of pork in a brown gravy. So, don’t be surprised if you order scallops and the waiter doesn’t bring you seafood! Yep, this happened to me recently. The dish was very good, just imagine my surprise expecting a seafood dish and receiving pork.
NATIONAL FRIED SCALLOPS DAY HISTORY
National Day Calendar® continues researching the origins of this delicious food holiday.
Recipe of the Day
Crispy Fried Chicken
Prep: 30 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Total Prep: 50 minutes
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tablespoons garlic salt
1 tablespoon black pepper
1 tablespoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon poultry seasoning
1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
2 egg yolks, beaten
1 1/2 cups beer or water
1-quart vegetable oil for frying
1 three pounds whole chicken, cut up
In a medium bowl, mix 3 cups flour, garlic salt, 1 tablespoon pepper, paprika and poultry seasoning.
Using a separate bowl, mix 1 1/3 cups flour, salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, yolks, and beer or water. Thin the batter with additional beer if it is too thick.
Heat oil in a deep-fryer to 350 degrees.
Dampen chicken with water, then coat with dry mix. Tap off the excess and dip into the batter. Coat with dry ingredients once more.
Place chicken gently into the hot oil.
Fry 15-20 minutes, or until golden brown. Cooking time will vary depending on the size of the pieces. Remove fried chicken from the oil to drain on paper towels.
Serve warm with potato salad, watermelon or your favorite side dishes!
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