Matthew Schuler survives and advances in The Voice! Though he needed a “save,”  Schuler is one of just six finalists on the NBC hit show.

Schuler is son of Produce for Better Health Foundation employee Don Schuler, five-year employee and now part of the development team for PBH. Son Matthew began competing in The Voice during February; the winner of the contest will be announced in mid-December.

Matthew, who had been attending West Chester State University in Pennsylvania before becoming a contestant on The Voice, competed in an audition in February at Madison Square Garden,and was one of three selected out of 9,000 vying for a spot on the show, Don Schuler told me. Nationwide, there are more than 40,000 have attempted to be a part of the show this year, he said.

The whole PBH office is excited for Schuler’s success and many have become fans of the show, said Elizabeth Pivonka, president and chief executive officer of the Hockessin, Del.-based PBH. “He is doing a phenomenal job,” she said. Pivonka said she has joked with Don about asking Matthew to wear a “More Matters” shirt during his performance.

Schuler said his son has heard from many fans on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and other social media about his performances. Apart from many in the U.S., people from China, Brazil, Poland, Asia and many other countries have expressed their support for his music.

The Schuler family is singing family, with Schuler’s wife, oldest son and daughter all vocalists.

“And I sing a little,” Schuler said modestly.

As for Matthew, Don said his son as been singing since he was just three years old and has never backed away from the spotlight. Schuler said his son also wants to serve people and live out his Christian faith; while at college, Matthew Schuler participates in a Christian’s group’s service to at-risk youth.

Don Schuler said that he has enjoyed the attention his son is getting, including the support he gets from others in the PBH office. “It touches your heart,” he said.


 Iphone apps can be downright addicting, and this week I’ve been drawn in by the new “Quizup’ app that is a trivia game that allows you to “match wits” (in the loosest sense, as it turns out) with out similarly distracted individuals across the fruited plain.

Of course, there are all the categories you would expect: word definitions, music, history, sports, etcetera.

Also among the dozen of categories is the header “fruits and vegetables.” Upon finding this category, I inwardly gloated that I had found the category that would propel me to the top of the heap of the teeming masses. With nearly 30 years working within shouting distance of the fruit and vegetable industry, I would be the feared if respected “ringer” of the fruit and vegetable category.

Not true.

I have stumbled badly. In my latest game, I didn’t know that “Cucurbita pepo” is the Latin name for courgettes. I didn’t know that leeks came from the Lily variety of plants. I could correctly identify a picture of a cherimoya and broccoli, but again fell short when quizzed about the Irish dish of “Colcannon,” which I found out later contains potatoes and cabbage. A question about “Which of these is actually a vegetable?” left me stumped (it was watermelon) and the fact that artichokes are in the thistle family escaped me.

Think you can do better? Well, I look forward to the face-off in the fruit and veggies aisle of Quiz up.


What are you thankful for? I asked that question  to members of The Packer Market yesterday, and I also ask the question here. What are you thankful for? There are many things to remember, but the gathering of family for the holidays is one of the most precious parts of this time of year. We won’t see our two boys at Thanksgiving, but we will see them at Christmas. Our newly married daughter lives in Kansas City and we look forward to spending time with the newlyweds.

Blessings to all the readers of Fresh Talk and their families. Yes, Happy Thanksgiving!


 If you are searching for light-hearted conversation topics for your Thanksgiving meal that have nothing to do with Obamacare or Harry Reid, you can knowingly inform your crew about new food trends (2014)  from The Food Channel. The foodies at the Food Channel picked out trends such as “the Midwestern Food Movement” (root vegetables and meats), low tea (and more frequent small meals), distracted dining (one hand food for the cell phone obsessed), and a few other less notable trends.

 One added “bonus” trend was an attention getter, however. From the release:


Virtual Food: There are now 3D food printers that take paste and extrude it into any shape, meaning complicated food “structures” like decorator icings can be “printed.” We predict the food world will see more on this horizon and that it will have an impact on food in a big way.