Rethink Your Drink
Know Your Sunscreen
Not all Sun Protection is Equal By Rebecca Taggart
Until just a few years ago, most sunscreens only protected against sunburns, not tanning, which also causes skin damage and cancer. New sunscreen labeling regulations go into effect in 2012, and already a slew of new broader-spectrum sun protection products have hit the market. Here we take a look at how best to avoid damage from the sun while you are out enjoying the summer weather.
Rethink Your Drink Calories hidden in more drinks than soda By Pia Hinckle
Have you gained a few pounds lately even though you’re watching what you eat? You may need to start paying more attention to what you drink. Extra calories and loads of sugar live in many more drinks than you may realize. See how many extra calories you may be drinking here.
Hybrids vs GMOs By Heidi Lewis
The FruitGuys has always held the policy that we will never include GMOs in our fruit or vegetable mixes. We support the drive to label GMOs that is wending its way through the California ballot process, as we believe strongly that consumer protection and transparency in any realm is a good and important thing. You can learn more about that movement at: labelgmo.org.Learn more here about the difference between hybrid produce and GMO.
How Sweet You Are
Understanding sugar in fruit
By Rebecca Taggart
Is sugar in fruit bad for us? Are some people avoiding fruits because they’re sweet? Numerous websites, blogs, and diets would seem to indicate yes. But not all sugars are created equal. The sugars in fruit are bound with beneficial nutrients and fiber that make fruit uniquely suited for the body to process and enjoy. Understanding the sugar in fruit here.
May Notes From the Field
From Riverdog Farm, courtesy of Capay Valley Farm Shop
According to the biodynamic planting calendar, this week is time to plant beans. So hopefully, we’ll make some time for focusing on planting beans that usually coincides with planting corn too. The neighboring organic farms like to have a friendly competition to see who has the earliest ripening corn, preferably ready by the 4th of July. Sweet corn takes about 80 days to mature, so if we’re lucky, we’ll have some by mid- July – probably not first place this year but soon enough! You can imagine what it's like to be a farmer with the descriptions of what they did in May at Riverdog Farm.
WHAT'S IN SEASON?
A quick look at what’s in season this month in FruitGuys regional boxes and TakeHome cases across the USA.
CENTRAL/MIDWEST: Organic strawberries, rhubarb, and, hopefully, blueberries. Look for fresh herbs, lettuces, and cooking greens such as kale and mustards. Meanwhile asparagus, baby root vegetables, and fresh peas continue.
EAST: Good weather means we are about two weeksahead in the growing season so by the end of June there should be a full assortment of summer produce (Mother Nature willing), including sweet and tart cherries, blueberries, raspberries, peaches, and apricots. Summer squash, garlic scapes, new potatoes, arugula, peas, cucumbers, sweet peppers, sweet corn, basil, and other herbs.
SOUTHWEST: A heatwave in the Southwest is slowing down the growing season but we should still get peaches, summer squash, and sweet summer corn.
WEST: Many varieties of pluots, plumcots, apriums, loquats, and other delicious stone fruit are coming soon, including Blenheim Apricots, an heirloom apricot registered in the Slow Food USA Ark of Taste, and Angelcots from Marty Maggiore's farm. Peaches, nectarines, and plums will continue until September. Cherries and Pixie Tangerines are winding down. Summer Valencia Oranges and Cherry Tomatoes are just starting. Strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries are all doing well and will continue through the summer. For veggies, asparagus, cauliflower, and fava beans are winding down. Look for basil and other herbs, plus blue lake green beans, peppers, summer squash (zucchini, goldbar, pattipan, etc.) and fresh crop garlic. Beets, fennel, avocados, peas, mushrooms, lettuce, kale, spinach, rhubarb, and shallots are going strong. There will be fresh crop potatoes throughout the summer. In late June, look for Nopales (cactus pads) and Purslane greens (verdulagas).
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The Crunchy Craft
Making your own granola is fast and easy
By Pia Hinckle
I had no idea how fast and simple it was to make a sizeable batch of granola whose taste rivaled or excelled beyond what I had been buying for a fraction of the cost. And the whole process, from breaking out the ingredients to pulling the baking tray out of the oven, only took about 45 minutes. Here's how to make your homemade granola.
FruitGuys CEO & Founder Chris Mittelstaedt's innovation column on Inc.com This week: JPMorgan's Jamie Dimon: This Is Leadership?
If you watch certain financial news shows you'd think that JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon is a genius. Even after a $2 billion dollar loss at his company due to risky, trading "stupidity" (his words), many who have opined on this situation framed the negative news with similar caveats: "If there is one guy you want at the head of this, it's Jamie Dimon."
But since when does a mea culpa deserve praise? JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon shows how low the leadership bar can go.
ASK THE FRUITGUYS
Q: What’s the difference between a “hybrid” fruit and a “GMO?”
A: GMO: A GMO, or Genetically Modified Organism, has had its DNA altered via genetic engineering to make it more disease, pest, or chemical resistant, or to include desirable characteristics such as size, color, enhanced nutrition, or stability (shelf life). GMO produce might include tomatoes genetically-altered to stay firm, or corn, soybean, or sugar beet crops modified to resist pests, weed killers, or to be more drought tolerant. The FruitGuys never uses GMO fruit, vegetables, or products. We are supporting a 2012 California ballot initiative that would require GMO products to be labeled so consumers can choose for themselves (visit the Right to Know: Label GMO Foods website to find out more and how to get involved.) Close to 90% of the corn, soybean, cotton, and sugar beet crop grown in the U.S. has been genetically modified. Corn, soybean, and sugar beet byproducts are used in many processed foods. GMO foods are required to be labeled in the European Union. Here the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Food and Drug Administration, and the Environmental Protection Agency are responsible for regulating the production and safety of GMO foods. While the World Health Organization states “no effects on human health have been shown as a result of the consumption of such foods by the general population in the countries where they have been approved,” there have not been any studies addressing concerns about allergies and long-term effects on human health. Some studies have shown potential harm to non-modified plants and animals, including unintended crossbreeding, pesticide resistance, and population changes.
Hybrid: A hybrid, such as an aprium (apricot crossed with a plum) or plumcot (plum crossed with a apricot), is a variety made by naturally crossbreeding two separate varieties to create a new one. Hybridization can occur spontaneously in nature (through cross pollination) or be practiced by farmers and gardeners. Pioneering botanist Luther Burbank developed more than 800 plant varieties using hybridization, grafting, and cross breeding, all natural trait selection processes. Hybridization is a form of crossbreeding where two different varieties are combined resulting in an offspring that combines characteristics of the parent varieties. Over successive generations, the desirable traits can be tailored. Burbank brought us the first plumcot—a cross between a plum and an apricot—and the Russet Potato, among many other fruits, vegetables, and plants. In mammals, a hybrid example is the Labradoodle, produced by crossing a standard poodle and a Labrador retriever.
America today: one-third of our adult population is obese; another third is overweight, that’s 75 percent of our more than 311 million citizens. Already about 17 percent of our children and teens are obese. If our waistlines keep growing, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimate that by 2030, just 18 years from now, up to 50 percent of the population will be obese. Will we become a nation of super-sized, motorized denizens like in the future world depicted in Wall-E? Is this really the Obesity Era? We think everyone should see The Weight of The Nation, find out why here.
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National Pollinator Week
Urban Ocean Cruise
Long Beach, CA
Lake Michigan Bike Tours
Summer Solstice Petrified Forest
Petrified Forest National Park, AZ
Harpers Ferry Outdoor Festival
Enjoy and be fruitful!