The FruitGuys Almanac
Once upon a time in the Victorian era, citrus fruits were rare and expensive, a delicacy to be enjoyed only on special occasions. Earlier still, the presence of oranges or lemons literally could make the difference between life and death for sailors suffering from scurvy on long voyages. Today, we take oranges, mandarins, grapefruits, lemons, and limes for granted, drinking their juice or eating their flesh as a snack, without batting an eye. Now, as then, oranges and other citrus are delicious snacks that include powerful nutrients and antioxidants and provide multiple health benefits, including reducing the risk of some cancers, stroke, and cardiovascular disease. How to enjoy the benefits of natural Vitamin C here.
Karen Morss is called the Lemon Lady. She started her suburban Emerald Hills, CA (San Mateo County), organic citrus farm, Lemon Ladies Orchard, in 2004. She has done her part breaking glass ceilings in boardrooms and the wild blue yonder with careers as a software entrepreneur and the owner of a flight school geared toward women. She even tried her hand at screenwriting, when she developed a script about the Wright Brothers’ sister, Katharine Wright. Now she’s an orchardist, or orchardess, as she calls herself. Our profile of Karen Morss, the Lemon Lady, here.
Free Recipe of the Week: Winter Citrus Salad
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Open the door to relieving stiffness by trying these four simple stretches, using any available doorway. These stretches are particularly good after a too-long session seated at your computer.
These four stretches can be done in less than five minutes and help ease tension and relax muscle groups. Take a break from your computer with these four simple stretches you can do in any doorway.
It is a fine Sunday morning. The sun is shining on a windless, cloudless blue sky. The light frost last night kissed crops with the cold they need to be sweet and slow growing. Late December and early January are historically our biggest roll of the farming dice. See how this winter's weather affected crops at Full Belly Farm in Capay Valley, CA.
Have you noticed how the mighty oaks rain down their crops of shiny acorns on us in fits of boom or bust? Some years they pelt us with their bounty, making it feel like we’re walking on marbles and that hard hats are a requirement—and other years, nothing. The rhyme or reason to these patterns is one of nature’s mysteries. Weather lore and acorn squash preparation tips here.
Citrus season is in full swing now, with all sorts of farm-fresh specialty fruit coming in. We’re seeing everything from Navel Oranges to Satsumas to Clementines to Ruby Red Grapefruits to Cara-Caras. We’re also cycling in Murcotts, Minneolas, and a host of other citrus varieties as well. If you don’t recognize them, go to fruitguys.com/mix to view your crate’s contents by region (West, Southwest, Central, or East), and we’ll show you what’s inside. Now—about those Cara-Caras.
Read FruitGuys CEO & Founder Chris Mittelstaedt's innovation column on Inc.com.
The conferences “help us understand the issues that farms may be dealing with and the trends they are seeing, which in turn helps us better work with our farmers and helps inform our efforts around Good Works and Farm Stewardship,” says Erin Mittelstaedt, The FruitGuys VP of Operations.
Nationwide, the larger topic for 2012 is the survival of the organic family farmer: how to preserve affordable farmland, and the task of transferring retiring family farms to younger farmers, sometimes not related to the owners. A large percentage of U.S. farmers are retiring but their children are not taking up the mantle. However, farming as a livelihood has captured the imagination, willpower, and strength of a whole new generation of young people who are looking for farms to take over or continue. Read about the winter farm conferences we attended here.
Ask The FruitGuys: Fruit Quality Grab Bag
Winter can bring some challenges to keeping fruit at the appropriate temperatures during transport. Our buyers, packers, and delivery people do their best to keep fruit protected from extreme temperature exposure. But if your fruit ever doesn't look right, please give us a call at 1-877-FRUIT-ME (877-378-4863) and we will make it right for you. Our job here at The FruitGuys is to keep you happy.
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