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HEALTH apples

Eat the Peel
Apples’ Anti-Cancer Agents Are in the Skin By Rebecca Taggart

Everyone knows the old adage “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” but research over the last decade has begun to reveal why that is true: strongly anti-oxidant polyphenols that reside in the skin. See why apples have health benefits far beyond what one would expect here.

walking the dog for exerciseFITNESS

Dog is My Trainer Long walks good for you and your dog
By Pia Hinckle

If you’re lucky enough to have a household companion that needs to get out of the house, you can use this “chore” to help you get the exercise you know you need but that your busy lifestyle is keeping you from getting.Our pets often try to tell us how to live better lives. 

corn farmNEWS

Are You Eating GMO Foods?
California Passage of Prop 37 Would Inform Consumers
By Charlene Oldham

Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) have genes inserted directly into their cells, creating a new version of the plants or animals. Read about a measure to label GMOs in California and find out if you are eating GMO foods here.

canning tomatoesFOOD

Tomatopalooza
A Canning Primer
By Pia Hinckle

Harvest time always brings an embarrassment of riches to your table. What to do with 25 pounds of zucchini? Tomatoes finally came in last week? Can’t eat another pear tart but ready to try making preserves? Using this basic primer on canning — or jarring, really — anyone can do it. Jar fresh tomatoes, fruits, and vegetables, or sauces and soups. My family and I just made our annual tomato sauce using my Italian great-grandmother Pia’s recipe. Here's everything to need to know to enjoy the harvest and preserve some of it for later.

KITCHENLIFE knife sharpener

Stay Sharp
Which Knives do you Really Need?
By Tanya Milosevich

I love shopping for kitchen stuff but the truth is you don’t need much to have a well-stocked kitchen. Possibly the single most important tool to have is a small but decent set of knives for slicing, cutting, and chopping. Though I have owned many kinds of knives, and sets of knives, I have found that there are really only three knives that you need for most common kitchen jobs.

ASK THE FRUITGUYS reusable green bags

Q: Will I get plastic in my box?

A: Here at The FruitGuys, we work hard to make sustainable choices—such as packing our farm fresh fruit in re-usable boxes that are printed with biodegradable soy-based inks and constructed of 75-100% post-consumer cardboard. Our goal is to use compostable and reusable packaging, but some delicate items like berries need containers that will protect them.

evert green produce bagsIn our TakeHome cases, we sometimes pack tender greens and veggies in re-usable translucent green bags. These bags are green in color and function—they’re useful for keeping produce fresh longer so it won’t be wasted, and they’re sturdy enough so that you can reuse them many more times. However, please don't return them to us in your case, as we are unable to repurpose them. The plastic bags are coated with a zeolite clay called oya. The clay was discovered in caves of Japan, where farmers would store their produce so it wouldn’t spoil. This natural mineral adsorbs the ethylene gases the bagged items emit, and inhibits respiration.

The large crate makes a handy storage box for file folders. It’s the perfect size! Our boxes are designed to be easy-to-carry and easy on the environment. The boxes with dividers are great for packing delicate items like cups, knick-knacks, or ornaments.

The FruitGuys boxes are available for pick-up and reuse in some areas. Simply leave your box out the day of your delivery and the driver will return it to our warehouse when he brings you your new box. If you are having any trouble getting your boxes picked up, or if you are not sure if box pick-ups are available in your area, just email info@fruitguys.com or call Customer Service at 877-FRUIT-ME (877-378-4863) and we'll be happy to assist you.

More Frequently Asked Questions here.

WHAT'S IN SEASON?

EAST  As buyer Jessica says, "September brings my favorite time of year for fruit!"We will start seeing many types of sweet apples, such as Honeycrisps, Fuji, Jonathon, Ida Red, Smokehouse, and many others coming from Three Springs Fruit Farm, Beechwood Orchards, Kauffman's Fruit Farm, and other east coast farms. Crispy AsaJu and JunoSan Asian pears will be harvested this month at Subarashii Kudamono. Tomatoes and cucumbers will start to slow down, so get those tomatoes canned and those pickles made to last you through the winter! Eggplants and peppers will also be phasing out. Winter squash is on the way, such as Acorn, Butternut, Spaghetti, and Delicata. Potatoes, onions and garlic will be coming out of the drying houses this month in many varieties and colors, so get creative! asian pear treeAs October approaches, we'll be looking forward to Nittany and Cameo apples and LilySan and SuSan Asian pears. Pumpkins and cooking greens, such as kale and collard greens, will start to make their way into your boxes.
winter squashWEST  Stone fruit is dwindling down, so enjoy some great Last Chance peaches while they last. Late season plums and pluots will be around through mid September or so; we enjoyed a strong crop out of the Central Valley this year despite the late spring hail storm.  basket of fruitCalifornia has been slightly skimming past the drought; taking solace in drip irrigation systems and/or barely watering at all.  Dry farm tomatoes will be around through the end of September, cherry tomatoes from Baia Nicchia in Sunol into October. Keep an eye out for organic Sommerfeld apples from Coco Ranch in Dixon, one of buyer Rebecca's favorites! Jelich Ranch will be harvesting organic heirloom pears through October in Portola Valley, and Ukiah’s Johnson Family Farms has sweet Bartlett Pearspassion fruit. Sebastopol’s Dave Hale and Stan Devoto will have lots of apples and Torrey Olson's Gabriel Farm will start to harvest their Asian pears early in September.  Late September will bring Passion Fruit from White Dove. Fall veggies will start up strong (potatoes, lettuce, kale, leeks), but you’ll see summer veggies (squash, peppers, cucumbers) into late September.

CENTRAL We're moving into apple and pear season and starting to see local Ginger Gold, Paula Red, Galas, Honeycrisp and Golden Supreme apples, as well as green D'Anjou and Asian pears.  Farms near our Chicago hub are still harvesting cucumbers and tomatoes. Peppers are coming on strong in many varieties - local farmers such as Genesis Growers are harvesting a rainbow assortment, and fun varieties such as lipstick, Anaheim, and Italian Bull's Horn.basket fall veggiesSummer squash, such as gold and green zucchini are still in harvest, but as the month grows on, we will see more of the winter varieties such as Butternut, Acorn, and Spaghetti squash move in. Root vegetables, such as carrots and radishes are present, but will phase and more potatoes, rutabagas and yams will move in. Kale, chard and spinach will be on our menu, as well as Brussels sprouts and eggplant.

SOUTHWEST  The southwest region is welcoming cooler temperatures in September. Stone fruit is winding down and we're seeing new crop apples and pears from California, as well as local apple varieties from English Fruit Farms and Patagonia Orchards. We are looking forward to sourcing more local, organic fruits and veggies this fall and winter.

FARMS

August Farm Notes from Riverdog Farm
Courtesy of Capay Valley Farm Shop

The mystery white peach orchard was so prolific – both high yielding by sheer number of fruit but also by size – this year that we are sun-drying some of them this week. They ripen quickly off the tree and have to be picked firm to prevent bruising. We picked all of the fruit when it was ready for harvest... While summer harvest is at its peak, it’s hard to imagine the cold, wet winter but since this climate is conducive to growing year round, we are thinking about what to plant for the next season when we’re in the thick of the current season. It certainly keeps everyone on the farm busy. More August highlights from Riverdog Farm here.

RECIPES

pasta sauceFree Recipe of the Week: Pino's Pasta Free Recipe: Pino's Pasta

Get The FruitGuys TakeHome case and you’ll receive organic fruits and veggies delivered to you at work to take home, or directly to your home. The easy-to-carry case includes two free recipes each week. Choose all fruit, fruits and veggies, or all veggies.

Support your local farmers. We buy organic and regional produce sourced from local farms to the extent possible. Our TakeHome case provides food that is good for your family, good for the farmers, and good for the planet. Get fruits and vegetables delivered right to you! 25% off your first order, use promo code: ORGANIC. 

FARM STEWARD

Baia Nicchia Microloan Update
By Karla Milosevich

In 2011, The FruitGuys’ Farm Steward program financed a $3,000 no-interest loan to Baia Nicchia Farm and Nursery in Sunol, CA. Baia Nicchia is a family farm, run by Fred Hempel and Jill Shepard, that grows heirloom tomatoes, specialty squash, peppers, and herbs. FruitGuys volunteers also helped plant tomato seedlings last May.We talked to Fred to see how the tomatoes we planted fared and how our microloan helped.

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september 2012 eventsFIELD TRIPS

WEST 
Hoes Down Harvest Festival
Oct 6 & 7
Guinda, CA

MIDWEST 
Evanston Harvest Celebration
Sep 27
Evanston, IL

EAST 
Kings County Corn Bowl
Sep 16
Brooklyn, NY

SOUTHWEST 
Sierra Club River Monitoring (Sentinels)
Sep 15
Verde River, AZ

More fun things to do here.

Enjoy and be fruitful!