Elmo and Rosita Joining Michelle Obama for Fall Harvest

'Sesame Street' is coming to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

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The Muppet Elmo stands with 20 newly donated Jim Henson puppets and props on the anniversary of his birthday during an event at the Smithsonian National American History Museum in Washington, D.C, Sept. 24, 2013.
Elmo will join first lady Michelle Obama to harvest the White House Kitchen Garden.

First lady Michelle Obama will be assisted Wednesday by some furry friends (and we're not talking about Bo and Sunny Obama) as she grabs up the bounty from the White House Kitchen Garden . Elmo and Rosita from "Sesame Street" are heading to the White House to help with the harvest, along with Washington area school children. Additionally, the "Sesame Street" characters will be part of an announcement on marketing healthier foods to kids, the White House has said.

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During the government shutdown gardeners were not allowed to touch the White House Kitchen Garden, according to Obama Foodorama, a blog dedicated to the president's food policies. "The vegetables filling the 1,500 square-foot plot are now rotting away on the vines and in the boxed beds, thanks to the mandate for 'minimal maintenance' placed on the skeletal crew of National Park Service gardeners who remain on duty at 1600 Penn," Obama Foodorama writer Eddie Gehman Kohan explained.

But now, the garden seems to be back in better shape. On Sunday, lucky users of the social photo sharing website Instagram were invited to the White House for the first ever White House Fall Garden Instagram Meetup. Visitors snapped shots of ripening green tomatoes, bright orange pumpkins and captured a few pictures of Bo and Sunny, too.

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