Califonia Bountiful

Bountiful summer fun

July/Aug. 2013 California Bountiful magazine

Dive in to games, puzzles, brainteasers and more. Enter our video contest, too!

Summer's here, and that means it's time to have some fun! So dive in to these pages packed full of activities about California-grown food and agriculture. You can even win a cool prize. Planning a road trip? Take this issue with you. When you get tired of "20 Questions," the following games, trivia and brainteasers will help the miles fly by.

Forks down. Cameras on!

California Bountiful Summer Video Contest
Show us how much you're enjoying California this summer. Create a video of 60 seconds or less that spotlights California-grown food or farm products. It can be a video postcard, food-themed parody of a music video or something else creative. (For great idea starters, read fun facts on this page.)

Upload the video to your YouTube channel, then send us a link at by Aug. 31. The winning video will be posted on our website. The winner will also receive a 7-inch tablet, a gift subscription to California Bountiful magazine, the book series "Imagine this: Stories Inspired by Agriculture" and more!  

Contest details, rules—and how to vote!—are available at

Did you know?

Honeybees zoom around at 10 to 15 miles per hour.

There are 200 seeds on one strawberry.

Egyptians thought mushrooms were so yummy, they could only be eaten by kings and queens.

325 pairs of jeans can be made from one bale of cotton.
Virtually every piece of sushi in America uses California rice.
Sheep, cattle and goats help prevent fires by grazing on tall grass.

A hen lays 250 eggs each year, on average.

97 percent of American kitchens have ketchup.

It takes 27 tomatoes to make a 32-oz. bottle of ketchup.

A person eats an average of 247 eggs each year.

Brain ticklers

Giving your brain a rest this summer?
Here's a quiz that makes it fun to think:

  1. What percentage of milk from California cows is used to make cheese?
    1. 50%
    2. 40%
    3. Depends on how much milk cows make
  2. What are Green Zebras, Red Figs and Moonglows?
    1. Kinds of horses
    2. Types of heirloom tomatoes
    3. Brand names for tractors
  3. Which animals are used to guard cattle, goats, sheep and poultry?
    1. Dogs, donkeys and llamas
    2. Hyenas and Rottweilers
    3. Lions and tigers and bears
  4. Which California fruit was nominated for an Emmy?
    1. Raisins
    2. Kiwifruit
    3. Plums

KEY: 1.B, 2.B, 3.A, 4.A

Two truths and a lie

Are you a good lie detector? Find the two truths and the one lie in each group of "facts."

  1. T or L? Horseradish is both a vegetable and herb.
    T or L? Horseradish is harvested year-round in Northern California.
    T or L? Horseradish grows best near stables; that's how it got its name.
  2. T or L? The cherimoya is bright red, like a cherry.
    T or L? The cherimoya is a green fruit that looks like an artichoke.
    T or L? The cherimoya tastes a little like bubblegum.

  3. T or L? California is the No. 1 flower-growing state.
    T or L? California is the largest flour-milling state.
    T or L? California's state flower is the sunflower.

  4. T or L? Walnuts are good for the brain. Funny, they look like one, too!
    T or L? Walnuts are gluten-free.
    T or L? Walnuts are usually harvested in the spring.

KEY: 1. TTL, 2. LTT, 3. TTL, 4. TTL

Super-silly story

Write your own zany story by filling in the blanks with the words called for.


Word Wrangler

Can you spot the words? Round 'em all up!


Chill out!

It's easy to make fruit popsicles with these recipes.


Color time!

Bring the wonderful world of agriculture into living color with a downloadable coloring book you can print, created by the folks at the California Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom:


Bountiful Bingo

Here's a twist on everyone's favorite game: Do the activity it says to do in each square, and when you have completed one row—either across, up and down or diagonally—you're a winner! The real fun comes when you play with a friend. The challenge is: Who will finish first?

You'll find three different Bingo cards online. Just print them out and start playing.

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