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FARMS

Three Sisters Garden
Out of the Frying Pan and into the Farm
By Heidi Lewis

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Farmers Tracey Vowell and Kathe Roybal came to farming after careers in the restaurant world. Tracey was managing chef atFrontera, a Rick Bayless restaurant in downtown Chicago, where she helped shape the cuisine and find local sources for produce, including her garden. But after 18 years inside of kitchens, she and Kathe decided to get out into the sunshine and begin a farming venture that brings new significance to the restaurant expression “in the weeds.”

“Having been exposed to many different farmers in the course of our restaurant careers, we had the opportunity to make observations about the differences in their lives and ours, and we were very interested in what we saw. We started working toward gaining the knowledge and expertise that would eventually help us make a decision about what kind of farming we wanted to do and give us the confidence to buy a piece of land and get started...” See what Three Sisters Garden is growing, including one surprising delicacy, here.

apple pancakesRECIPES

Recipe of the Week: Apple Pancakes Free recipe: Apple Pancakes

Try The FruitGuys TakeHome case and you’ll receive organic fruits and veggies delivered to you at work to take home, or directly to your house. The easy-to-carry case includes two free recipes each week, such as these European-influenced apple pancakes.

Support your local farmers. We buy 100% organic 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.Delivery at your office to TakeHome or right to your home.

Fitness

Fitter than a Fifth-Grader?
Adults Can Take Fitness Cues from PE Standards
By Pia Hinckle

sit-upsLong division? Check. With fractions? Check (ish). Book report? Check. Year of the Boston Tea Party? Check. Maybe you’re smarter than the average fifth grader, but can you pass a fifth-grade fitness test?

California, and many other states, requires students to take a physical education test in fifth grade to demonstrate body strength, flexibility, and endurance. These include curl-ups (sit-ups), push-ups, trunk lifts, a one-mile run, stretches, modified pull-ups, and flexed arm hangs.

Can you pass the test?

roast chicken with potatoesKitchenLife

Chicken in the Pot
Get Three Meals Out of One Bird
By Pia Hinckle

There’s nothing better than a great home-cooked meal. Except one that can turn into two or three home-cooked meals. My favorite three-fer is roast chicken. For many years I bought wonderful roast chickens from a neighborhood rotisserie. When it closed, I decided to learn how to roast my own. Now I find it easy - and less expensive.

Framed with potatoes that crisp up with the cooking juices, a five-pound roast chicken serves my family of five with some to spare. To go with it, I usually prepare steamed broccoli dressed with olive oil, lemon juice, and sea salt, and a green salad. The whole meal costs less than $20, about $4 per person. See how to roast a chicken and what to do with the leftovers here.

HEALTH

Vitamin D: How Much More? New Study Raises Dosage Questions By Rebecca Taggart

A much anticipated new study on guidelines for vitamin D and calcium consumption raised recommended intake levels for both nutrients in regard to bone health but advised more research on other potential benefits, such as heart health and depression prevention.

The Dietary Reference Intakes for Calcium and Vitamin D report was released by the Institute of Medicine(IOM), the health arm of the National Academy of Sciences, on November 30, 2010. Get the latest Vitamin D recommendations here.

citrusFRUITLIFE

A Citrus Family Holiday By Chris Mittelstaedt

So you made it through the holidays (Happy New Year, by the way!) and now you’re wondering what it was all about. Why did cousin Barry wear a kilt and rugby socks to your grandmother’s holiday dinner, and why did everyone feel uncomfortable when Aunt Clarisse spilled sherry on your father and called him a “meat-loafer” before giving him a kit of bath salts and essential oils? Are these people even related to you? Now that things have calmed down a bit, you can start to contemplate the expansive meanings of your family tree. Where is your family from? How did they get to wherever you are? What’s the story behind the story?

congressNEWS

Obama Signs Food Safety Act into Law Small Farms Are Exempted from Some Provisions By Pia Hinckle

On January 4, 2011, President Obama signed into law the $1.4 billion Food Safety and Modernization Act, the most sweeping overhaul of the nation’s food industry in 70 years.

The law will give the Food and Drug Administration sweeping new powers to order food recalls, increase inspections and recordkeeping, and institute new food safety protocols on farms. Read what the new Food Safety Act Law will mean here.

FIELD TRIPS

maple tree tapWEST

CENTRAL
Indoor Farmers' Market
Jan 16, noon-5pm
Bridgman, MI

More fun local events here.

Start Your Year Off Right With The FruitGuys!

healthy fresh fruitHow much easier would it be to eat healthy if you were surrounded by farm-fresh produce? Grabbing a doughnut in your office break room or picking up a bag of chips at home can actually severely affect your health and quality of life.

With The FruitGuys fresh produce delivery services it's easy to attain, maintain, and regain your health. Order fresh fruit for your office and organic fruit & vegetables for your home and you will be surrounded by seasonal produce you won't want to pass up! Learn more at fruitguys.com/2011.

fruit mixWHAT'S IN SEASON? 
We work with local growers in different areas of the United States and our fruit mixes vary by region. Winter is citrus time, so try all the wonderful mandarins ripening up now. Mixes can change quickly due to weather and other farm circumstances. To find out exactly what's in your box, go to our mix page and select your delivery region and box variety to see what you're eating. Check what's available for your office, or for yourself and your family.

Enjoy and be fruitful!